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Suaaaahr/Fall 1999 ■ Vol. 71, No. 1 

Dear Alumnae and Friends, 

By the time you read this, we will have welcomed the Class of 2003 to campus. Our more 
than 200 new students are bright, inquisitive, and in some ways still a bit unsure of themselves. 
But they will soon gain self-confidence as they take ownership of their own Sweet Briar. 

When you read my most recent President's Letter, you will know that they have chosen a col- 
lege where the clear emphasis is on a three-pronged, integrated educational program that pro- 
vides not only knowledge of the traditional academic disciplines of the liberal arts, but also clear 
connections to the worldheyond Sweet Briar, and the careful development of the professional skills 
that will distinguish the well-educated woman of tomorrow. Sweet Briar wiU change their lives. 

By the act of enrolling here, these young women have entered a world of connectivity (to use 
today's technological language). We expect them to learn quickly how to draw connections 
among very different courses, lectures, independent studies, physical activities, spiritual experi- 
ences, volunteer service, and to see how these all fit to educate the whole woman. Further, we ex- 
pect them to begin from their first week to develop networks that can and will expand to offer 
them lifelong intellectual, professional, and personal support. 

This issue of your Alumnae Magazine focuses on one of the most important kinds of connections 
our students can make: between themselves and Sweet Briar alumnae. Our alumnae network is leg- 
endary, assisting students to find internships and externships, giving graduates a hand as they 
move to a new city, search for a job, or enter graduate school. To develop these networks quickly 
and efficiendy, students are helped enormously by our Career Services Center. Under the able di- 
rection of Joanne Mahanes, Career Services is providing students from their first semester with 
the tools to tap into the SBC network — and in the process, to develop a sense of their personal 
capabilities and professional options. 

You will enjoy this testament to the power of Sweet Briar to change lives. And having read 
this special section, I hope you will puU it out and share it with a young woman who might ben- 
efit from a Sweet Briar education. If you see other ways you can help, please let us know! Take a 
moment, too, to strengthen the network yourself by connecting with a classmate or a prospective 
student, or by giving us some feedback (voice mail, e-mail, or snail mail) for our "letters" depart- 

Elisabeth S. Muhlenfeld, 

WEET Briar 

U M N A E 


The Class of 1999 on graduation day. See story on page 2 

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Su,mAER/FALL 1999 • Vol. 71, No. 1 

Inside Front A Message from the President 

3 Commencement Honors 

5 Class of 1999 Alumnae Relatives 
and Turning Points 

7 Dedication: Giving Us Wings; 
Groundbreaking at the Elston Inn 

10 Reunion Service of Remembrance 

By The Reverend Fleming Parker Rutledge '59 

13 Reunion Scrapboois. 

15 Outstanding Alumna Award: 
Elizabeth Trueheart Harris '49 

17 In the Spodight 

18 Slate for New Alumnae Association 
Board Members 

Special Section: Careers Internships 

Networking Succeeding 

By Mary Molyneux Abrams '86 

19 Letters 

20 Transitions; Recent Deaths 

21 Book Shop Ad 

25 Class Notes 

36 Bulletin Board 

Inside Back In the Sweet Briar Tradition 

Sweet Briar Welcomes Ivana Pelnar-Zaiko 
New VPfor Development and 
College Relations 

Strong Wind 


Class Of 1999 

into The Future! 

Commencement Honors 

The Emilie Watts McVea Scholar 

The highest-ranking member of the Class of 1999. 

Lindsey Corliss Neef. West Bloomfield, Ml 

The Presidential Medalist 

The Presidential Medal recognizes seniors who have a range of accomplish- 
ments comparable to those associated with candidates for Rhodes. !\/larshall, 
or Truman Scholarships. Awardees must have demonstrated exemplary intel- 
lectual achievement 

Melissa Gail Henning, Mehoopany, PA 

The Penelope Lane Czarra Award 

This award honors the senior who best combines scholastic achievement stu- 
dent leadership, and effective contributions to the quality of life at the Col- 

Heather Arlene McLeod, San Marcos, TX 

The Connie M. Guion Award 

This is given to a senior for her excellence as a human being and as a member 
of the College. 

Amira Susana Hernandez, Spartanburg, SC 

The Walker Family Award 

This award honors a senior with high scholastic standing who has a cheerful, 
positive disposition and shows warmth, generosity, and humility. 

Brandi Ristine Whitley, Monroe, NC 

The Judith Molinar Elkins Prize 

The family of the late Professor Judith Elkins established a prize to recognize 
the outstanding achievements of a senior majoring in the mathematical, 
physical, or biological sciences, while actively participating in the College 
community and demonstrating the ideals and dedication to learning exempli- 
fied by the life of Professor Elkins. 

Mary Christine Harris, Columbus, OH 

One hundred and twenty-nine members of the Class 
of 1999 received their diplomas on Saturday, May 1, 
when Sweet Briar celebrated its 9(r^ Commencement 
Exercises in the Quad. Unremitting wind gusts, 
which whipped academic robes and threatened to dis- 
mantle the stage set up for the cereniony only seemed 
to add excitement to the occasion as ''The Miners, " as 
they were referred to by Dean George Lenz, laughed, 
cried, hugged each other, and prepared to say "An 
Revoir" to The Patch — Sweet Briar s newest wave of 
intrepid alumnae! 

SBC Chaplain Susan Lehman, Commencement speaker, praised the seniors for 
their "fire," and challenged them to continue it 

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Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Associate Professor of Music Jonathan Green 
received the 1999 Excellence in Teaching Award 

The Lawrence G. Nelson Award for 
Excellence in English 

Heather Arlene McLeod, San Marcos, TX 

The Shakespeare Prize 

Tiffany Tyler, Lynchburg, VA 

The Wall Street Journal Student Achievement 

Award for Excellence in Economics 
Erin Elizabeth Sobotta, Roanoke, VA 
The Leigh Woolverton Prize for 
Excellence in the Visual Arts 
Tara Kimberly Hartnett, Whitefield, NH 
The James Lewis Howe Award in Chemistry 
Brand! Ristine Whitley, Monroe, NC 
The Pauline Roberts Otis Award in French 
Devon Linley Vasconcellos, Boulder, CO 
The Alpha Lambda Delta Award 
Lindsey Codiss Neef, West Bloomfield, Ml 
The Jessica Steinbrenner Molloy Award in 

taofa Elizabeth Walters, Gray, TN 
The Anne Gary Pannell Taylor Award in His- 
Emily Lea Poore, West Newbury, MA 
Mary Kathryn Taylor, Houston, TX 
The Martha von Briesen Prize in Photography 
Jessica Anne Brandrup, Benbrook, TX 
The W. Edward Overly Award in Spanish 
Amira Susana Hernandez, Spartanburg, SC 
Jennifer Hazen Schmidt, Yarmouth, ME 
The Maxine Garner Prize in Religion 
Amira Susana Hernandez, Spartanburg, SC 
The Jean Besselievre Boley Award 
Sarah Emery Dean, Fairfax, VA 
The Helen K. Mull Graduate Fellowship 

in Psychology 
Bridget Lynette Meier, Butler, PA 
The Sweet Briar Fine Arts Scholarship 
Melissa Gail Henning, Mehoopany, PA 
The Lucile Barrow Turner Award 
Chhstine Regina Carl, Ariington, VA 

The Academy of American Poets 

Jessica Lee West, The Plains, VA 
Chin Yee "Regina" Yau, Perak, Malaysia 
The American Institute of Chemists 

Award in Chemistry 
Laura Elizabeth Lamb, Hillsboro, OH 
The American Institute of Chemists 

Award in Biochemistry 
Brandi Ristine Whitley Monroe, NC 

Phi Beta Kappa 1999 

Rachel Ann Bratlie, Lorton, VA 

Emily Clark, Puyallup, WA 

Margaret Edelweisz Yvonna Elaine Dally Columbus, GA 

Sarah Emery Dean, Eairfax, VA 

Jessica Lynn Dennig, Clarkston, Ml 

Amy Jo Downing, Raleigh, NC 

Mary Chhstine Harris, Columbus, OH 

Amira Susana Hernandez, Spartanburg, SC 

Laura Elizabeth Lamb, Hillsboro, OH 

Heather Arlene McLeod, San Marcos, TX 

Lindsey Corliss Neef, West Bloomfield, Ml 

Catherine Patricia O'Brien, Warrenton, VA 

Emily Lea Poore, West Newbury, MA 

Jennifer Hazen Schmidt, Yarmouth, ME 

Devon Linley Vasconcellos, Boulder, CO 

Carolyn Celeste Vaughan, Centreville, VA 

Brandi Ristine Whitley Monroe, NC 

Summa Cum Laude 

Rachel Ann Bratlie, B.S., Lorton, VA 
Amy Jo Downing, A.B., Raleigh, NC 
Mary Christine Harris, B.S,, Columbus, OH 
Lindsey Corliss Neef, A.B,, West Bloomfield, Ml 
Devon Linley Vasconcellos, A.B,, Boulder, CO 
Brandi Ristine Whitley B.S., Monroe, NC 

Magna Cum Laude 

Aimee Elizabeth Armentrout, A.B., Mechanicsville, VA 
Christine Regina Carl, A.B., Arlington, VA 
Aracelie Leona Castro, B.S. San Antonio, TX 
Emily Clark, A.B., Puyallup, WA 
Margaret Edelweisz Yvonna Elaine Dally B.S., 

Columbus, GA 
Sarah Emery Dean, A.B., Fairfax, VA 
Jessica Lynn Dennig, A.B., Clarkston, Ml 
Amy Fitzgerald Gibbs, A.B., Geneseo, NY 
Julie Ann Harju, A.B., Plympton, MA 
Melissa Gail Henning, A.B. Mehoopany, PA 
Amira Susana Hernandez, A.B., Spartanburg, SC 
Susan Knapp Hurley, A.B., West Point, VA 
Ehko Ikeda, A.B., Mie, Japan 
Sarah Elizabeth Kingsley, A.B., Fort Morgan, CO 
Tracy Christine Kitchen, A.B., Wingina, VA 
Laura Elizabeth Lamb, B.S., Hillsboro, OH 
Heather Ariene McLeod, A.B., San Marcos, TX 
Bridget Lynette Meier, B.S., Butler, PA 

Catherine Patricia O'Brien, A.B., Warrenton, VA 
Emily Lea Poore, A.B., West Newbury, MA 
Kelli Michelle Rogowski, A.B., Newport News, VA 
Jennifer Hazen Schmidt, A.B., Yarmouth, ME 
Danielle Marie Schofield, A.B., Livermore, CA 
Andrea Lynn Sharretts, A.B., Patton, PA 
Amy Marie Smith, A.B., Manlius, NY 
Erin Elizabeth Sobotta, A.B., Roanoke, VA 
Meredith Tillery, A.B., Augusta, GA 
Jill Alissa Triana, A.B., Charlotte, NC 
Carolyn Celeste Vaughan, B.S., Centreville, VA 
Erin Jennifer Vlasaty, A.B., St. Louis, MO 
Wendy Carolyn Webb, A.B., Unionville, PA 
Jessica Lee West, A.B., The Plains, VA 
Sharon Martha Wilson, A.B., Radnor, PA 

Cum Laude 

Kathryn Alfisi, A.B., Monument, CO 

Shannon Bazar, A.B., Calabasas, CA 

Meredith Ashley Bonnell, B.S., Maplewood, NJ 

Christina Lee Brady A.,B., Middleton, Wl 

Kelley Shea Dize, A.B., Kilmamock, VA 

Allison Leigh Dubenezic, A.B., Harrisonburg, VA 

Courtney Gross, A.B., North Richmond Hills, IX 

Elizabeth Marshall Hamilton, A.B., Charlottesville, VA 

Lindsay Hickes, A.B., Tempe, AZ 

tarrah Marsh Holly A.B. , Huntsville, AL 

Anne Pelton Jones, A.B., Fredericksburg, VA 

Ann Figgie Kitchen, A.B. , Bradenton, FL 

Jae-Young Lee, A.B., Springfield, VA 

Sara Seyfarth,B.S., Saline, Ml 

Shannon Smith, B.S., Raleigh, NC 

Laura Walters, A. B., Gray TN 

Helen Bateman Wintermeyer, A.B., Richmond, VA 

The Honors Program, Class of 1999 
Highest Honors in Biology 

Brandi Ristine Whitley Monroe, NC 
Honors Degree with Highest Honors in 

Catherine Patricia O'Brien, Warrenton, VA 
Honors Degree with Highest Honors in 

Devon Linley Vasconcellos, Boulder, CO 

Honors Graduates 

Rachel Ann Bratlie, Lorton, VA 
Emily Clarke, Puyallup, WA 
Kelley Shea Dize, Kilmarnock, VA 
Amira Susana Hemandez, Spartanburg, SC 
Lindsey Codiss Neef, West Bloomfield, Ml 
Emily Lea Poore, West Newbury, MA 
Andrea Lynn Sharretts, Patton, PA 
Amy Marie Smith, Manlius, NY 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Summer/Fall 1999 • 3 

Class of 1999 Alumnae Relatives and T; 

Photos bv Chakles Grlibbs 

Elizabeth Taylor '02; sister Mary kathryn Taylor 

Kara Vlasaty '97; sister Erin Vlasaty 

Emily Sartor with aunt Elisabeth Sartor Harden '68(1) \ .^Mndnioiher |ane Oliver Linda Gould Capano '70; daughter Andrea Capano 
Sartor '39 

Anna Carmichael; cousin Amy lenkins Millican ' 

Jennifer Schmidt; sister Kimberley '01 

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ning Point Students 

Allison Dates; mother Ann Shipper Dates 71 

Sarah Elkins: cousins Debra Elkins '93 (I), Rachel Elkins Thompson '91 

Catherine London; sister Elizabeth Ashley London '95 

janine Paris Schofield '97 mother |ulia Paris TP '99 

Kelley Dize; sister Leslie-Ann Dize '02 

Not pictured: Emily Clark and sister Alii Clark '01 

Turning Point Graduates: Sheila Bowles; Julia Paris; Danielle Schofield 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Summer/Fall 1999 • 5 

Ann Bannard at dedication ceremony 

Reunion Dedication 

By Ann Henderson Bannard 

I look back 50 years and real- 
ize that most of you who were 
here then would not have known 
the shy shadow that I was. This 
sculpture, Giving Us Wings, por- 
traying hands touching, and end- 
ing in a soaring sUver)' wing, 
represents Sweet Briar's nurtur- 
ing, enabling environment where 
I found wings. . .1 know that I am 
not alone. There is additional 
symbolism too: the Chinese con- 
cept ot ch'i — spirit and energy, 
flowing through the body to the 
fingertips. Just read the Alumnae 
Magazine to discover the spirit 
and energy of women who are 
going out into the world and 
making a difference in a multi- 
tude of ways. 

And it's happening to the 
College itself Fifty years ago it 
was segregated, now it is en- 
riched by students from all over 
the planet. And the long-range 
plans will change it fiirther — but 
not Sweet Briar's most important 
gift to us: when seniors flip their 

tassels at graduation, I'll bet they 
give their wings a little shake too. 

I hope our class gift of this 
space, a beginning-to-be- 
beautiful courtyard to enclose 
Bunny and Walter's gift of the 
sculpture, wHl become a place for 
fan — and meditation. My dream 
is that Giving Us Wings wiU be 
encouragement and inspiration to 
the women in generations after 
us who wiU stand where we are 
standing and know that, thanks 
to Sweet Briar, no dreams are out 
of reach, and leave this campus 
and fly. 

I am very honored to have a 
sculpture in this beautiful place, 
and am so appreciative of all 
those who have had faith in me, 
our classmates who contributed 
to make the project a reality, and 
especially Bunny and Walter, 
who made the dreams we had to- 
gether come true. Thank you! 

Coincidence or Prescience? 

Comments excerpted from an invocation delivered by Joanne Holbrook 
Patton '52 at a dinner honoring seniors hosted by the Alumnae Association 
Board in April 1 995 — some time before the idea of, and four years before 
the dedication of "Giving Us Wings." 

Let us take this moment to be 
thankfiil for the spirit of our Sweet 
Briar College which connects all of us 
here with all who are part ot our ex- 
tended family now, or who have been, 
or who ever wiU be. 

Especially today, may our fellow 
■alumnae everywhere sense the lifelong 
camaraderie that Sweet Briar's large 
and loving famUy offers all ot us. There 
always vsdll be hands waving to greet 
us, hands ready to lift us up, hands to 
hold ours in times ot need, hands to 
point the way, and hands to applaud 
the successes that are sure to be ahead 
of us on the road from Sweet Briar to 
our future, wherever it may lead. 

For the blessings of the Sweet Briar 
College family which are shared by us 
all, our thanks now and always. 


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Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

1949s Giving Us Wings 

By Katie Wright '00 
Alumnae Magazine Intern 

In the midst of changes, those 
planned for the future or now 
taking place at Sweet Briar, one 
thing never changes: the gener- 
ous nature of Sweet Briar alum- 
nae. Immediately after Reunion 
Convocation, a vet}' special gift 
from the 50*-" Reunion Class 
was dedicated. 

A beautifiil bronze sculpture 
entided Giving Us Wings now 
stands in a new courtyard en- 
closed by Dew Dormitory. It was 
created by artist/sculptor Ann 
Henderson Bannard '49, 1991 
Distinguished Alumna Award 

Also a graduate of the Amer- 
ican Academy of Art in Chicago, 
Ann uses wood, stone, bronze, 
tile, and glass. Her works grace 
universities, churches, zoos, 
parks, libraries and museums 
across America and Europe. 
With many appearances in invi- 
tational exhibitions throughout 
the Southwest, she has been 
honored with one-person shows 
in Tucson and Santa Fe. 

Giving Us Wings, symbolizing 
"two hands touching in a nurtur- 
ing way and ending in a soaring 
wing" was sculpted in Ann's Tuc- 
son studio and cast in bronze at 
the Desert Crucible Foundry 
there. Where to place the sculp- 
ture was of utmost importance; 
the spot chosen is peaceful, away 
from traffic areas. "I really 
wanted people to think about 
what the sculpture is, and what it 
means," Ann said. "I hope that 
this is something that SBC sm- 
dents can relate to over the 
years." The view from its setting 
is ideal: in direct sight is Monu- 
ment Hill. The brick courtyard, 
with a named brick for each class 
member, offers a tranquil place 
for quiet contemplation or wel- 
comes small gatherings. 

Giving Us Wi?igs was com- 
missioned by Catherine "Bunny" 
Barnett Brown '49 and husband 
Walter, former Board oi Direc- 
tors chairman and honorary class 
member. "I see the sculpmre as 
also representing Sweet Briar 
friendships reaching out through 
the years," Bunny said. 

Bradley Hale, nitrnlx'r oi Sweet Brurs Buarcl ut Directors, Cordon Beemer, 
and President Muhlenfeld break ground lor the new Inn/Conference Center 

Groundbreaking Ceremony During Reunion '99 

Sweet Briar College broke 
ground on the new Florence 
Elston Inn and Conference 
Center on Reunion Saturday at 
the Florence Elston Inn on 

The ceremony honored 
Gordon Beemer and his late 
wife Florence Woeltel Elston- 
Beemer "21. The Florence 
WoeMel Elston-Beemer Trust 
made available $4.2 million to 
provide most of the funding tor 
the $5 million project, which 
began in August. 

The Inn and Conference 
Center complex will give the 
College much-needed space for 
hosting College events and 
allow the hosting ot academic 
meetings and conferences and 
non-CoUege conferences. 

The project adds a new 

wing to the current facility, ex- 
panding it from 22 to 40 
rooms. The addition includes a 
new reception area, 24-hour 
desk, a \'isitor information cen- 
ter, a lounge with fireplace, an 
entry court)'ard, and a recep- 
tion courtyard for open-air 

The Wailes Center, adjacent 
to the Inn, vnH be converted 
into a full-service conference 
center. Meeting rooms, 
equipped with a range of au- 
diovisual and display equip- 
ment, direct internet access, 
and cable TV hookups, will ac- 
commodate 12-70 people. The 
buUding will have a reception 
area with outdoor spaces, a for- 
mal dining room, and a break- 
fast room serving both the Inn 
and Conference Center. 

Ann Bannard, Walter Brown and Bunny Brown hold small rendering of Giving 
Us Wings 

On hand for the groundbreaking were members of Cordon's family; (left to 
right) Diane and Michael C. Beemer, Gordon, Charles C. and Nancy Beemer. 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Summer/Fall 1999 • 7 


Service of 



Sermon by The Reverend Fleming Parker Rutledge 59 

You did not choose me, but I chose you 
and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit 
and that your fruit should abide (John 15:16) 

For Christ also died for sins once for all, 
the righteous for the unrighteous, 
that he might bring us to God (I Peter 3:18) 

Portraits ot all the former 
presidents ot Sweet Briar hang in 
the reading room ot the Mary 
Helen Cochran Library. AU but 
one of them, as you know, are 
women. One of the great things 
about women's colleges is that 
portraits of women have always 
been on the walls. Every other in- 
stitution of higher learning that I 
have been associated with has had 
to go rummaging around in the 
basement to see if any torgotten 
portraits of women could be 
found. Some ot them have even 
gone so far as to commission new 
portraits of deceased women who 
were not deemed important 
enough to paint when they were 
alive. Women's colleges are merci- 
tiiUy free trom this problem. Yes- 
terday when I vwote the final 
draft of this sermon in the library, 
I sat where I could see the por- 
trait of Miss Benedict. My aunt, 
Mary Virginia Parker, was in the 
second graduating class at Sweet 
Briar. Because ot her reverence for 
Miss Benedict, I felt that I had 
known our first president myself 
and to this day am inspired by the 
power of her e.xample. 

The Feminine Mystique was 
published in 1963, four years 
atter my class graduated. I felt 
the earth quake under my teet 
that year; it was the moment of 
the seismic shift in women's ex- 
perience. My daughters cannot 
even imagine a world like the 
one I grew up in. Yet the greatest 
social revolution that the world 
has ever known is stUl in its in- 
tancy. I am not sure that our 
granddaughters will be any less 
conflicted about their roles in life 
than we have been. Women's 
lives are still mysterious, and the 
way ahead is uncharted. 

College reunions prompt 
many reflections. The last time I 
preached at Sweet Briar, I had a 
fuU head ot dark brown hair. I 
distinctly remember looking with 
pity upon returning alumnae of a 
certain vintage, hardh' imagining 
that such decrepitude would ever 
happen to me. Many times I 
have heard other women say that 
they didn't want to go back to 
their reunions because they didn't 
want to see their friends looking 
old. In fact, the first time I heard 
this was about twenty years ago 

when the members ot my class 
were barely tort)', long betore 
time's winged chariot started 
bearing down on us in earnest. 
Now we are seriously sizing up 
each other's veins and age spots. 
Do men go through this? Not to 
the same degree, surely. Being a 
woman is extra-complex, and 
being a Southern woman is even 
more so. It is very difficult to ne- 
gotiate the various expectations 
that press in upon us. A percep- 
tive comment was made at lunch 
yesterday as we were discussing a 
formerly frivolous classmate who 
had surprised us by having an 
impressive career. We wondered 
why she has never returned for a 
reunion. "Maybe," mused one of 
us, "she doesn't want to have to 
deal vidth the way we all remem- 
ber her. She's moved on." 

True or not, we are none of 
us the same as we were, not so 
much because we have had dif- 
terent expectations, but because 
all of us have been marked, in 
one way or another, by struggle. 
It is struggle, ultimately, that 
shapes character. Here are some 
words of St. Paul on that subject: 

We rejoice in our hope of sharing the 
glory of God. More than that, we 
rejoice in our sufferings, knowing 
that suffering produces endurance, 
and endurance produces character, 
and character produces hope, and 
hope does not disappoint us, because 
God's love has been poured into our 
hearts through the Holy Spirit 
which has been given to us 
(Romans 5:2-5). 

No one ever became more 
mature and more wise by being 
caretree. Suffering is what shapes 
us. Here is a fundamental ditfer- 
ence between the West and the 
East. Eastern philosophy and re- 
ligion is oriented toward the ces- 
sation of struggle, the 
suppression of conflict, the pas- 
sive endurance of suffering.' 
Western thought, shaped by 
Christianity all the way to Marx, 
Freud and beyond, tends towards 
a positive evaluation of struggle. 
The French philosopher Simone 
Weil said that the only worth- 
while question to ask another 
human being was, "What are you 
going through?" 

Since we arrived on campus 
on Friday, we've been telling each 

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Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

other what we've been going 
through. I've been amazed by the 
diversity of adaptations that have 
occurred even in our relativeh' 
homogeneous class. I think all of 
us have been both impressed and 
humbled to see how much suf- 
fering has been endured and how 
much vitaliU' and hope has con- 
tinued to emerge. Some remark- 
ably discerning things have been 
said in very simple ways. One 
classmate said, "I've learned that 
you can't have it all." That 
sounds almost trite, doesn't it?. . . 
but when vou know the insight 
has been won over time through 
many losses and much struggle, 
it commands respect. 

The reading you heard this 
morning from the first Epistie of 
Peter, in the New Testament, 
contains this sort of movement 
from the seemingly banal to the 
deeply serious. The apostie takes 
us through a list of injunctions 
that sound almost commonplace: 
All of you, have unity of spirit, 
sympathy, love of the brothers and 
sisters, a tender heart and a humble 
mind. That could be a motto for 
any alumnae reunion anywhere. 
But then that distincdy Christian 
note is heard: Do not return evil 
for evil or reviling for reviling; but 
on the contrary bless, for to this you 
have been called {\ Peter 3:8-9). It 
gets more specific as it goes on: 
If you suffer for righteousness' sake, 
you will be blessed. . . For it is better 
to suffer for doing right, if that 
should be God's will, than for doing 
wrong (3:13-14, 17). In other 

words, there is a special virtue in 
suffering for the righteous cause. 
If we have done wrong, then we 
can understand why we are hav- 
ing problems, but if we are perse- 
cuted for trying to do the right 
thing, that is much closer to the 
heart ot the matter. The journey 
with God is not a breezy path 
through blooming meadows to- 
wards a rosy sunset. It is a haz- 
ardous course fUI of obstacles, 
marked by suffering and sacrifice. 

Women have traditionally 
been the ones who are supposed 
to suffer and make sacrifices. 
Many women have been condi- 
tioned to think that they have no 
choices except to be exploited 
and take endless abuse. This is 
profoundly disabling; it is part of 
women's work in our time to re- 
think the whole matter. The way 
to rethink it is in terms ot power. 
Power comes in two kinds: bad 
and good. The influential Men- 
nonite theologian John Howard 
Yoder wrote that servanthood is 
not weakness, but an alternative 
mode of power.' As Peter and 
Paul knew, there is great strength 
in suffering for the right if it is 
fireely chosen as a path to the 
good kind of power. Look, for 
example, at Mrs. Daw Aung San 
Suu Kyi of Burma, Nobel Peace 
Prize laureate, a small-boned, 
pretty litde lady who looks as 
delicate as baby's breath. Her 
English husband died just a few 
weeks ago, and she was not al- 
lowed to see him during his last 
days because she is still under 

Fleming Rutledge 
with 1959 class 
after chapel 

house arrest after all these years. 
Why? Because the oppressive 
government is scared to death of 
her. When all the despots of 
Myanmar are long forgotten, the 
name of Aung San Suu Kyi will 
be honored throughout the 

Her life and her examples 
have been extraordinary and 
heroic. But moral heroism comes 
in small sizes as well as large. 
Even the smallest action can 
make a tremendous difference. I 
have been listening to you talk- 
ing about your struggles, your 
disappointments, your ways of 
coping with children, husbands, 
parents, divorce, alcoholism, 
chemotherapy, depression, be- 
trayal, bereavement, and every 
other kind of lost dream and 
aborted hope. There are various 
ways of meeting these tidal 
waves as they go over us. I think 
of a hymn called "Breast the 
wave. Christian, when it is 
strongest." In the library there is 
a poster with a saying of Eleanor 
Roosevelt: "You gain strength, 
courage, and confidence by every 
experience in which you really 
stop to look fear in the face." 
There are many women in this 
chapel today who have done just 
that. You know who you are. 
Sometimes these struggles vnth 
fear are very lonely. In fact, they 
are almost always lonely. Only 
you know what torment it has 
been sometimes to get up in the 
morning; only you know what it 
has cost you to be magnanimous 
instead of vindictive; only you 
know what a struggle it has been 
to hold up standards for your 
children, to be patient with your 
mother's Alzheimer's, to con- 
tinue to work with colleagues 
you do not respect, to make the 
break with your native culture in 
order to support a larger good. 

You can succumb to the tidal 
wave as it washes over you, or 
you can confront it head on. 
"Breast the wave, Christian." 

I would be delinquent, how- 
ever, in my calling as a Christian 
minister it I allowed this to be- 
come simply an inspirational 
speech about overcoming trou- 
ble. The Christian gospel is 
much more specific than that, 
and it is infinitely more radical. 
This isn't a message we would 
have come up with on our own. 
The best we can do on our own 
is to come up with a slogan like 
"no pain, no gain." The most we 
can make out of this is some- 
thing about personal fitness, but 
the Christian gospel is about 
world transformation. The pas- 
sage from First Peter illustrates 
this for us. The apostle explains 
that suffering for righteousness' 
sake is not just a strategy for get- 
ting things to work out right. In- 
deed, it is not a strategy at all. It 
is a living way ot participating in 
the world-redeeming mission of 
Jesus the Son of God. For Christ 
also died for sins once for all, the 
righteous for the unrighteous, that 
he might bring us to God (3:18). 
Here is the point at which the 
Christian view of the matter de- 
parts from common sense and 
becomes radical. As soon as you 
start bringing Jesus into it, the 
platitudes take on an edge. All of 
a sudden we are talking about 
heavy-duty topics — sin, death, 
unrighteousness, and the price 
that God paid. Christ also died for 
sins once for all, the righteous for 
the unrighteous, that he might 
bring us to God. 

The righteous for the unright- 
eous. Humanly speaking, this 
makes no sense. We aren't sup- 
posed to sacrifice ourselves for 
the z/«righteous. We might be 
ready to die for our families or 

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Summer/Fall 1999 • 9 

our countr)'men, but talking 
about the righteous dying for the 
unrighteous is like asking an eth- 
nic Albanian to die tor a Serb. St. 
Paul puts it like this: While we 
•were still -weak, at the right time 
Christ died for the ungodly. Why, 
one will hardly die for a righteous 
man — though perhaps for a good 
man one will dare even to die. But 
God shows his love for us in that 
while we were yet sinners Christ 
died for us (Romans 5:6-8). Let's 
paraphrase that, since Paul has 
such a convoluted way ot express- 
ing things. He says that Christ 
has done something revolution- 
ary, something that undercuts 
conventional moralit)' altogether. 
Christ has died for the ungodly, 
the //^/righteous. You and I, Paul 
says, would not do that. We 
might conceivably die for a good 
person, but we would not die for 
an evil person. Jesus however, has 
died for sins once for all, the right- 
eous for the unrighteous. 

Today's Gospel reading wall 
mislead us if we are not aware of 
the context. At the Last Supper, 
Jesus says some famous words: 
Greater love hath no man than this, 
that a man lay down his life for his 
friends (John 15:13). This famil- 
iar saying is frequently used to 
memorialize soldiers killed in ac- 
tion. We misunderstand it, there- 
fore, to mean that Christian 
sacrifice is tor "our side," for the 
"good guys." If we think that, we 
wdn miss the whole point. We 
should remember that Jesus is 
speaking to a group of people 

who have consistendy misunder- 
stood him and are about to deny 
and abandon him. The twelve 
disciples are vtry poor excuses tor 
friends. Only in the sacrifice of 
Jesus are they transformed trom 
enemies into friends.' 

So the radical center of Chris- 
tianity is Jesus' self-sacrifice for 
the ungodly, the ««righteous. 
This lifts Christian ethics clear 
out of the realm ot the merely 
practical and commonsensical. 
Many times the action of a 
Christian wiU seem like a crazy 
waste. Why don't you just give up 
on that person or that cause? we 
will ask. But the Christian view 
of life, history, death and Resur- 
rection cuts across this way of 
thinking. The love ot God is the 
love that never gives up, that 
bears all things, believes all things, 
hopes all things, endures all things 
(I Corinthians 13). 

On Saturday Elsie Prichard 
Carter '59 treated some of us to a 
virtuoso description of a group ot 
Tibetan monks making a sand 
painting. If you haven't heard 
Elsie Carter describe Tibetan 
monks, you have really missed 
something. Unfortunately I can't 
mimic her inimitable sound ef- 
fects and hilarious asides. The 
point of it all was that the monks 
took seven days to make this in- 
credibly intricate, gorgeous sand 
painting and then the\' destroved 
it. They dumped it in the river. 
This, Elsie declared, is intended 
to show the impermanence of 

This started me thinking. (I 
told Elsie I was going to put this 
in the sermon.) Making a work 
of art and then dumping it in the 
river is a very Eastern thing to 
do. Eastern religion is attractive 
to Westerners these days, for a 
number ot reasons, but we should 
be aware of what we might lose 
in the process. Eastern thinking 
is cyclical, as is Native American 
religion. In cyclical thinking, ex- 
istence is a ceaseless round of 
birth and decay. What goes 
around, comes around. That's 
why a work of art can be de- 
stroyed without a thought. In the 
West, we wouldn't do that. It is 
the Judeo-Christian tradition 
that introduced historical think- 
ing to the world (as Thomas 
Cahni puts it in his best-selling 
popular book The Gifts of the 
Jews, a tribe of desert nomads 
changed the way we all think and 
feel). The Western tradition, at- 
tentuated though it is in many 
ways, has taught us to believe 
that human endeavor has eternal 
significance.'' John Keats said in a 
weak moment, that his life's work 
was "writ in water," but it was 
not true. Listen to what Jesus 
says to his disciples in today's 
Gospel: You did not choose me, but 
I chose you and appointed you that 
you should go and bear fruit and 
that your fruit should abide. This is 
the Lord's unconditional 
promise. It is God's mercifiil wUl 
that nothing good be lost. The 
fruit of sacrificial labor will abide. 
That's why self-giving is so pow- 
erfiil. It is being built by the 
Holy Spirit into the fiimre realm 
of God. 

There is something else new 
here. / am the vine, Jesus says, you 
are the branches. This organic rela- 
tionship between Jesus and his 
body, the believing community, is 
unique to Christianity because 
the union of the Master and the 
disciples is not mystical or ritual- 
istic, but ethical. Jesus continues, 
As the Father has loved me, so have 
I loved you; abide in my love (John 
15:9). The love of which Jesus 
speaks is the love that refiises to 

give up the struggle. It is the 
mirror ot God's love which 
reaches out even for the unlovely 
and unloved. 

And so, whatever your disap- 
pointments, your failures and 
your sense that time may be run- 
ning out, there is a vast expense 
of comfort in this message. Your 
struggle to be a person of worth 
is not in vain. Whatever you are 
"going through," nothing is 
wasted. There is a fiature and a 
hope (Jeremiah 29:11). God in 
Jesus Christ is there ahead of 
you, shaping your efforts into his 
eternal purpose. It is no graven 
image, it is no figment ot reli- 
gious imagination, it is no projec- 
tion out of wishfid thinking but a 
hving Lord who says to you this 
morning. These things I have spo- 
ken to you, that my joy may be in 
you, and that your joy may befall 
(John 15:11). 

'■ Ot course, this is a generalization and 
can be criticized. StiU, there is truth 
in it. Mahatma Gandhi was not 
purely Hindu; he had studied in the 
West. Revolutionary' ideas are West- 

■^ The Politics of Jesus 

■^ Scrupulous exegesis requires me to 
note that John's gospel, unlike the 
other three, lavs no emphasis on the 
failure ot the disciples, with the no- 
table example of Peter. Jesus says at 
the Last Supper, You are already made 
clean by the word which I have spoken to 
you (John 15:3). It is typical of this 
Gospel to emphasize the already of 
Jesus' word. It is Paul who clarities 
the relation between the Word and 
the justifying action of Jesus on the 
Cross. John's gospel, however, does 
contain the key words, Behold the 
Lamb of God, that takes away the sin of 
the world. 

To be sure, Christianity has its own 
rituals addressing the matter of decay 
and dying, including the ashes on the 
forehead on Ash Wednesday ("dust 
thou art, and to dust thou shall re- 
turn"), but the pattern of death and 
resurrection is not cyclical or recur- 
ring. Histor)', in the Christian view, is 
going somewhere. 

10 • Summer/Fall 1999 

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1949 came in force for the 50th (47 + 16 husbands, 5 children/grandi); it was not easy tor them to stand still long enough to be photographed. 

Reunion 1999 Scrapbook 

Reunion '99: a time of remembrance and 
reconnection, celebration of the past and present, 
and commitment to the future. Festivities included 
a groundbreaking, a dedication, the Outstanding 
Alumna Award presentation. Reunion Chapel led 
by The Reverend Fleming Parker Rutledge '59, 
four Alumnae Colleges, P^ Annual Reunion Golf 
Tournament, art and literary exhibits, a mini 
reunion ofAints & Asses. the alumnae. 
Reunions just "get better and better"! 

in white gloves & straw hats with pink & green ribbons, '49 sang a medley ot 
songs, received a standing ovation tor their stellar performance. • '49's RGC 
Mary Fran Brown Ballard & Pres. Fritzie Duncombe Millard proudly accept the 
Participation Award (77%!) for Reunion classes celebrating the 2.')th-50th. 

"Hey, look us over..."! 1944 looked great for their 55th 


RGC = Reunion Gifts Chair 

RG Comm = Reunion Gifts Committee 

RA. = Fund Agent 

Photo Coverage 

David Abrams, 

Little Pond Productions 

"Oh, look up here and see us, and wish that you could be 
us, sittin' on the Golden Stairs!" 1939 was full of vitality and 
fun— and for their 60th, they ou'nerf those stairs. 

'39's V. Pres. jean McKenny Stoddard 
& Pres. Lucy Gordan leffers. 

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1954 celebrated the 45th with customary style and grace. 

'54's (front): RC Comm. Weezie 
Aubrey McFarland; Pres. Mary Jane 
Roos Fenn; F.A. Faith Rahnier Croker. 
(back): RCC Vaughan Inge Morrissette; 
Sec. Bruce Watts Krucke. 

'59's below 
(front): Pres. & 
Co-RCC Courtney 
Gibson Pelley; 
Co-RGC Betsy 
Smith White, 
(back): Co-RGC 
Ann Young 
Bloom; Sec. Ann 
Pegram FHarris. 

'64's above (front): Co-RCC |o Ann 
Soderquist Kramer; RG Comm. Nancy 
Hall Green; Pres. Ginny deBuys. 
(back): RG Comm. FHedi hiaug White; 
F.A. Susie Glasgow Brown; Co-RGC 
V. M. Del Greco Galgano; RG Comm. 
Claire Hughes Knapp. 

1964, renowned for their cabaret act by "The Hot Flashes" 5 years ago, received a standing ovation 
for '99's version: "Alpha Hydroxy" ("makes you look real foxy!"). And they won the Nancy Dowd 
Burton Award for the largest gift in a Reunion year. 

'69's Pres. Nancy Crawtord Bent; RG Comm 
Ginny Stanford Perdue; Sec. Ginny Kay Baldwin 
Cox; F.A. Lynn Pearson Russell. 

Twenty-one turned out tor 1969's 
3Uth; Class Pres. Nancy Crawford 
Bent declared that they were still 
making gifts on the way to the 
stage at Convocation. 

1974, 53-strong, celebrated the Big 
25th with a Boat House picnic. 

'74'5 F. A. Nancy Mortenson Piper; Sec. 
Marcia Brandenburg Martinson; Co- 
RGC Cindy Sorenson Sutherland; Pres. 
lanie Reeb Chadwick; Co-RGC Ann 
Stuart McKie Kling. 

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Twenty-one alumnae children, ages 2-1 7, joined 1979 tor 
the 20th! 

'79's Co-RCC Cindi Little Townsend; Co-Pres. Susan An- 
thony Lineberry; Co-RGC Ashley Wilson Brook. 

Fifteen years went by in a twin- 
kling tor 1984. 

'84's Co-Pres. Elizabeth Harley 
Willett; RGC Gigi Collins. 

'89's Sec. 
Emmy Leung; 
Co-RCC Stacey 

1989 was delighted to announce that they had surpassed their Reunion gift goal. 

Mini Reunion: Former SBC professor of Italian Arnold Del Gri'ui 
& Mrs. Del Greco surrounded by Class of '64; Daughter V. M. 
Del Greco Galgano, mid-back row between them. 

1994, "newest kids on the block" back for their 5th, won 
the Participation Award for classes celebrating the 5th to 
20th 142%), noting that most of their officers were not 
here "because they're at their law school graduations"! 

'94's F.A. Ashley FHenderson; Co- 
RGC Elizabeth Thigpen Landry. 


Debbie Shrader '78 was honored at Convocation, retiring 
as executive assistant to presidents Hill and Muhlenfeld. 

Casino Night at Saturday Cocktail Buttetl 

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Summer/Fall 1999 • 13 

Libby Harris accepts her award 

liBBY Harris '49 Receives 
Outstanding Alumna Award 

Presentation of Award by Kathy Garcia Pegiies '71, President of the Alumnae 
Association, at May 7 Dinner honoring the Class ofl949's 50th Reunion 

It is a great privilege for me, as president of the Alumnae Associa- 
tion, to present one of the College's most prestigious honors, the Out- 
standing Alumna Award. Established in 1968, this recognizes alumnae 
who have given outstanding service to the College in a volunteer capac- 
it)'. The winner for 1998 is Elizabeth "Libby" Trueheart Harris of the 
Class of 1949, a devoted Sweet Briar alumna, parent, and former 
trustee, who has a superlative record of service to her akna mater. 

We're delighted that part of Libby's tamUy is here tonight to cele- 
brate her award. Also, President Muhlenfeld and her husband Larry 
WoUan; former Chairman of the Board and honorary member of the 
Class of 1949 Walter Brown; and so many ot Libby's classmates and 
other Sweet Briar friends are present to share in this joyous occasion. 

Libby's whole career has been one of helping others. She has put her 
tremendous talents and energies to work on behalf ot her family, her 
home city ot Richmond, Virginia, and Sweet Briar College. The lives of 
countless people in the Richmond area, and at least several generations 
of Sweet Briar students have been enriched because of her 

Libby graduated from the Collegiate School for Girls in Louisville, 
Kentucky, then came to Sweet Briar, where she was very involved in stu- 
dent life as president of the Board of Publications, business manager of 
the Brambkr, head of Cabin, and member ot Tau Phi, French Club, and 
Glee Club. A four-year Dean's List student, she graduated cum laude, 
majoring in biology. Maintaining a lifelong interest in science, she was an 
early proponent of the need for more women to enter scientific fields, 
and has made significant contributions to the sciences at Sweet Briar. In 
1983, Libby and her daughter Mar}' established the Harris Pre-Med 
Scholarship Fund, which benefits students who plan to major in biology 
or biology/chemistry in preparation for medical school or other careers in 
the science and health fields. In 1991, Libby and her late husband Hiter 
served on former President Barbara HiU's Campaign Advisory Commit- 
tee, and helped with the Campaign's Committee for the Sciences. 

Libby's work for Sweet Briar also has concentrated on two vital 
areas: recruitment and fiind-raising. She was an alumna admissions rep- 
resentative (AAR) in Richmond for many years, and active in the Rich- 
mond Alumnae Club. Elected to the Alumnae Association Board in 
1978, she served two terms as National Chairman of Alumnae Admis- 

sions Representatives. In 1981, she was appointed by President White- 
man to the search committee for a director of admissions. She began a 
third term on the Alumnae Board as chair of Region III, then was nom- 
inated by the Alumnae Association and elected in 1983 to the College's 
Board of Overseers, now knovrci as the Board of Directors. From 1983- 
1987, she was a vigorous and influential member of the Board's com- 
mittees on Admissions/Public Relations, and Development. 

A former member of the Boxwood Circle Committee, Libby is a 
Williams Associate, having included the College in her will. In 1984, 
Libby was 1949's Reunion Gifts Chairman and a "challenge" donor. For 
the class' 40 Reunion in 1989, she was a "challenge" donor and mem- 
ber of the Reunion Gifts Committee. This year, she is an honorary 
member ot the Reunion Gitts Committee and a generous donor to the 
class' 50™ Reunion Patio Project. 

In Richmond, Libby has been a leader in numerous civic and chari- 
table organizations — too many for me to list, but let me give you a sam- 
pling: she has been a member of the boards of Retreat Hospital, the 
Collegiate Schools, the Virginia Home for Boys, the Council of the Vir- 
ginia Museum, and Richmond's Junior League. She has chaired the 
Women's Division, Special Gifts section of the United Givers Fund 
Campaign and worked for the Tuckahoe Women's Club, the Colonial 
Dames of America in Virginia, and the Boxwood Garden Club. She 
was treasurer for Virginia's Historic Garden Week and opened the beau- 
tiflil 19™-century Harris home in Irvington for Garden Week. She is a 
former Circle chairman and Sunday School teacher at Grace Covenant 
Presbyterian Church, and former finance chairman tor her church's 
Women of the Church group. 

This partial list of Libby's achievements may give some idea of how 
much she has done tor so many, but it does not convey Libby's delight- 
tlil personality The 1949 Briar Patch states, ". . .her gay, amiable person- 
ality, balanced by her capacity to successfiiUy cope with responsibility, 
makes her a welcome addition to any group." How restrained were the 
descriptions in the old yearbooks, yet how prescient! Libby has carried 
those qualities of gaiety and sense of duty throughout her lite, coping 
cheerfUly with responsibilities. I am honored to present to Libby the 
Outstanding Alumna Award, as a token of our appreciation for the gen- 
erosity in spirit and in deed, that she has shown to all who know her, 
and to Sweet Briar College. 

Libby's family gathers before dinner: Back: Libby; son Hiter Harris III; 
daughter-in4aw jil Harris. Front: grandson Hiter Harris IV; granddaughters 
Tyler and Katie Harris 

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Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine ' 


Acceptance of 


Aeumna Award 

Elizaheth Trueheart Harris '49 

When I first received the letter 
last June from the Alumnae Of- 
fice, I delayed opening it because I 
assumed it was a confirmation ot 
the reservation I had made a few 
days previously for the handi- 
capped room at the Elston Inn tor 
this Reunion. So I gathered all the 
mail together a few days later to 
take to my husband Hiter's hospi- 
tal room. Imagine the shock when 
I read the letter naming me to this 

It is a very humbling experi- 
ence, especiall^' when I consider 
the wonderfiil, outstanding alum- 
nae who have received this recog- 
nition in past years, including two 
of the class of '49 — Preston 
Hodges HiU and Bunny Barnett 
Brown — and I wish to mention 
that two other '49ers, Dorothy 
Rouse-Bottom and Ann Hender- 
son Bannard have been the recipi- 
ents of the Distinguished Alumna 

I'm unaccustomed and unin- 
clined to public speaking, unlike 
today's Sweet Briar students. As 
my friend and classmate Anne 
Bush Train admitted, "When roll 
is called I'd rather raise my hand 

than speak up." I agree. However, 
I know that I am among friends, 
and I welcome the opportunit}' to 
say what Sweet Briar means to 

When I was looking at col- 
leges, I was accepted at Smith 
College and had talked my best 
triend into going there with me. A 
lovely woman named Evelyn 
Munger, who held a position in 
the Dean's office at Sweet Briar at 
the time, came to visit in my 
neighborhood in Louisville, KY. 
Consequently 1 paid a late visit in 
the spring of my senior year and 
tell in love with Sweet Briar. 

When our twin daughters, 
Mary and Elizabeth, were think- 
ing about college in 1974, Sweet 
Briar was not under consideration 
by them. But at my request they 
paid a courtesy visit to Sweet 
Briar. When we arrived on cam- 
pus — I had not visited campus 
myself in several years — the girls 
were having admissions Interviews 
with Nancy Baldwin and her crew, 
so I walked around this beautifil 
place with a fUl heart. When I 
crossed the road behind the li- 
brar)', a car screeched to a halt and 
out jumped Jane Belcher, my 
major biology professor, who gave 
me a heartfelt embrace. She was 
retired and we had not seen each 
other tor 25 years. I told her why 
we were there and that Mary was 

Recipients of the Outstanding Alumna Award 

1968 SBC's first graduates, Class of 1910: 

Roseberry Ewald Tolleson '52 

Anne Cumnock Miller*; Eugenia 

1985 Julia Sadler de Coligny'34* 

Griffin Burnett'; Louise Hooper 

1986 Adelaide Boze Glascock '40 and 

Ewell'; Frances Murrell Rickards*; 

Sarah Adams Bush '43* 

Annie Powell Hodges* 

1987 Julia Gray Saunders Michaux '39 

1969 Edna Lee Gmlchrist '26* 

1988 Evelyn DUlard Grones '45* 

1970 Gladys Wester Horton '30 

1989 Anne Noyes Awtrey Lewis '43 and 

1971 Mar\- Huntington Harrison '30* 

Catharine Fitzgerald Booker '47 

1972 Phoebe Rowe Peters '31* 

1990 Margaret Sheffield Martin '48 

1973 Edith Durrell Marshall '21* 

1991 Sara Shallenberger Brown '32 

1974 Florence Freeman Fowler '19* 

1992 Cadierine Barnett Brown '49 

and Helen H.McMahon '23 

1993 Ann Samford Upchurch '48* 

1975 Elizabeth Prescott Balch '28* 

1994 Clare Newman Blanchard '60 and 

1976 Juliet Halliburton Burnett Davis '35 

Mildred Newman Thayer '61 

1977 Martha von Briesen '31 andjacque- 

1995 Helen Murchison Lane '46 and Ade- 

lyn Strickland Dwelle '35* 

line Jones Voorhees '46 

1978 Dorothy Nicholson Tate '38* 

1996 Alice Car)' Farmer Brown '59 

1979 Martha Lou Lemmon Stohlman '34 

1997 Julia Mills Jacobsen '45 

1980 Dale Hutter Harris '53 

1998 EHzabeth Trueheart Harris '49 

1981 Ann MarshaU Whitley '47 

1982 Preston Hodges Hill '49 


1983 Mar)' Elizabeth Doucett Neill '41 

1984 Nancy Dowd Burton '46* and Jane 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

a prospective science or pre-med 
major. When the girls toured 
campus, Jane Belcher was waiting 
for them in the brand-new Con- 
nie Guion science building. She 
escorted them herselt, showing 
them everything in the labs and 
telling them about the science 
program. Largely due to that inci- 
dent Mary fell in love with Sweet 
Briar and enrolled. How gratifying 
to me to have a daughter experi- 
ence Sweet Briar as I had. 

Incidentally, Mar\' has realized 
her dream and is now Dr. Mary L. 
Harris, attending physician and 
associate professor at Johns Hop- 
kins Hospital. Whiz went to 
HoUins College, now HoUins 
Universit)'. She has had a distin- 
guished career in banking and is 
now a vice president ot First 
Union Bank. I am proud ot what 
our Virginia Women's Colleges 
can produce. 

My relationship with Sweet 
Briar continued with four years on 
the Alumnae Board as Chairman 
of Alumnae Admissions Repre- 
sentatives. What could be more 
rewarding or more pleasurable 
than helping attract qualified stu- 
dents to Sweet Briar? 

When I was first on the Alum- 
nae Board, Judy Chalmers, presi- 
dent ot the Alumnae Association 
at that time, quoted an article in a 
Lynchburg newspaper that said, 
"Sweet Briar alumnae have a love 
affair with their college." Well, I 
feel that Sweet Briar has been a 
part of me for most of my lite. 

May I use a quote that Mary 
used in her graduation address in 
1979? It is trom Tennyson's 
Ulysses: "I am a part ot all that I 
have met." This brings me to 
mention the following: The stately 
and learned Miss Meta Glass, 
president of the College in my 
first two years; President Martha 
Lucas and her course in philo- 
sophic issues of contemporary reU- 
gions of the world; the dedicated 
and approachable faculty — there 
were many, but in particular the 
•aforementioned Dr. Belcher and 
her associate, Dr. Florence Hague, 
who were our mentors and good 

friends (though we often thought 
ot them as slave drivers in the lab); 
I go on to list: fellow students and 
classmates who have been fast 
friends over these 50 years; the ex- 
citement and significance of stu- 
dent traditions; the breathtaking 
beaut)' of the campus and the Blue 
Ridge Mountains; the Monument; 
the Cabin. I am a part of them 
and all have remained a part of 

What has been the effect of 
this Sweet Briar experience on our 
hves? I beUeve that it has given 
each of us the basis for the lifelong 
fijfdling of our potential — or at 
least 50 years ot attempting to fiil- 
fill our potential. I trust: that we 
are better thinkers; that we are 
more understanding and sensitive 
to our fellow man the world over, 
past and present; that we are more 
caring and protective ot the envi- 
ronment; that we continue learn- 
ing, and that our intellectual 
curiosity and creativity continue; 
that our spiritual lives have been 
deepened and enhanced; that our 
honesty and integrity are firm. 

Thus Sweet Briar has nurtured 
us. As Ann Bannard's sculpture 
suggests, Sweet Briar has indeed 
given us wings. 

It has given me wings in a 
most unexpected way. Four years 
ago when illness struck, doctors at 
Johns Hopkins Hospital did not 
expect me to walk again. But with 
the caring help of doctors, nurses, 
and therapists at the wonderfiil 
Richmond Rehabilitation hospital, 
aptly named "Sheltering Arms," 
and with the tremendous support 
of family and friends, and with the 
strength of faith, I learned to walk 

I believe that by the grace of 
God and by the wings that Sweet 
Briar gave me, I received the inner 
strength which enabled me to ac- 
cept the challenge of physical dis- 
ability with determination, 
contentment, and joy, and even to 
consider it a blessing. 

I am grateful to Sweet Briar 
and I am deeply gratefiil for the 
honor you have given me. 

Summer/Fall 1999 • 15 

In the Spotlight 

Allison Douglass 

Allison Vollmer Douglass '94 
Named to High Tech Post 

Allison Douglass was recendy 
appointed to a very exciting job, 
as director of new media for 
Southern Progress Corporation, 
the company which publishes 
Southern Living, Cooking Light, 
Progressive Farmer, Southern Ac- 
cents, Coastal Living and Weight 
Watchers magazines, as well as 
Oxmoor House books. "At 
Southern Progress, we define 
"new media" as anything that is 
not traditional print," explained 
Allison. "Mosdy that means 
websites, but we also oversee the 
licensing of content for other 
electronic products, such as CD- 
Roms. I also facilitate corporate 
partnerships in new media and 
online advertising sales and pro- 

But the most "visible" part 
of Allison's job is managing 
the day-to-day operations and 
team of designers and producers 
that iceep the websites up and 
running. You can access all 
of these websites from . 

"When I first joined the 
company in 1996 as new media 
producer, I was very hands-on 
with the websites," continued 
Allison. "Now I have taken on a 
much more strategic role. As 

producer, I was coordinating the 
design, schedule, and selection of 
content from past publications 
and arranging for web-specific 
articles. However, like many 
other companies, we are still try- 
ing to make sense of our place in 
"new media," and the company 
felt it was time to have one per- 
son designated to manage the 
department and focus on the 
BIG picture. How are we going 
to make money, how do we 
leverage our brands, where will 
we be in two years, five years?" 
The person chosen to tackle 
these critical questions was Alli- 
son, with her Sweet Briar degree 
in English, just five years out! 
As an English major, Allison had 
assumed she would work in an 
editorial capacity, so she was sur- 
prised to get a job as coordinator 
of business development for 
Jane's Information Group in 
Washington, D.C. in 1995. She 
moved into online development 
and acquired design and HTML 
knowledge. "My liberal arts edu- 
cation has proved very versatile," 
she observed. "And the opportu- 
nity to 'get involved' in so many 
groups at Sweet Briar has also 
been invaluable." As a student, 
Allison was vice president of the 
senior class and a member of the 
social activities board and the 
Earphones. Today, AUison con- 
tinues to "get involved" in her 
community — she is website 
manager and member of the 
Communications Council for the 
Junior League ot Birmingham, 
Alabama. She is also a junior pa- 
tron of the Museum ot Art in 
Birmingham where she lives 
with her husband William 
(Hampden-Sydney College '94) 
who is an assistant vice president 
of corporate lending with 
SouthTrust Bank. 

Though describing herself as 
"not a high-tech person," Allison 

is in the vanguard ot applying 
the new technologies. Sweet 
Briar is proud of both her profes- 
sional success and her contribu- 
tions to her community. 

We're Proud of You, 

By Betty Stanly Cates '63 

I first noticed Charles Weis at 
Trinity Episcopal Church in 
Vero Beach, Florida. I sat one 
Sunday in the row behind him 
and, when he reached behind his 
head to smooth his hair, I 
thought I saw a Sweet Briar ring 
on his litde finger. When we 
knelt to pray, I craned over the 
back of his pew and concluded 
"That's gotta be a Sweet Briar 
ring! ^ 

After church, I introduced 
myself to him and he announced 
vyith pride that the ring had be- 
longed to his late wife, Elizabeth 
Munce, Class of '43, and he 
wears it in her memory. 

Since then I have learned that 
Charlie was a professor ot Eng- 
lish at Ohio Weslyan University. 
This devoted Anglophile also 

taught a semester in London for 
Syracuse University's program in 
Britain and used to maintain an 
apartment in London. He retired 
from academia in 1985. 

Now he divides his time be- 
tween Delaware, Ohio and Vero 
Beach. While in Florida, he 
plays tennis three or four times a 
week; he'd like to play more, but 
doesn't have the time. I was 
lucky to reach him on the tele- 
phone — he remrned my call just 
alter taking a run on our historic 
Jungle Trail. 

I explained that I wanted to 
get some information about him 
tor a feature in the Sweet Briar 
Alumnae Magazine. He quickly 
changed the subject to his 
beloved "Munce". . ."She loved 
Sweet Briar. . .was a Chung 
Mung there. . .such a wonderfiil 
girl, she could do 
everything. . .We were neighbors 
in Charlottesville and married 
when we were 37. ..She should 
have lived forever^' he told me. 

What a beautifiil love story. 
We're proud of you, Charlie! 

Jessica John '95, Charles Weis, and Lisa Thompson '88 show their Sweet Briar 
rings at the February 1999 reception at the Vero Beach home of Betty Cates. 

16* Summer/Fall 1999 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Trinity University Recognizes 
Flora Cameron Crichton '46 
With Distinguished Service 

Flora Cameron Crichton was 
one of three honorees on May 8, 
1999, when Trinity University in 
San Antonio presented its most 
prestigious award, the Distin- 
guished Service Award, during 
spring commencement cere- 

The Distinguished Service 
Award was established bv the 
University's Board ot Trustees in 
1973 to recognize significant 
contributions to the excellence ot 
Trinit}' UniversiU' and to the 
community of San Antonio. This 
award has been bestowed only 
eight times (including the three 
this year) in Trinity's history. Re- 
cipients are individuals who have 
both outstanding records ot civic 
leadership and who have made 
major contributions to the 
growth and development of the 

A member of the University's 
Board of Trustees for more than 
30 years, Flo served as chair from 
1976 to 1978, the first woman to 
chair the University's governing 
board. A generous supporter of 

Flo Crichton on May 8, 1999 

the University, her family's estate 
helped to endow the Everett 
Jones Chair of Campus Ministry 
at Trinity; she also endowed the 
Flora Cameron Lectures in Politics 
^ Public Affairs, which annually 
bring to the campus nationally 
and internationallv recognized 
leaders in the field to speak at 
the University. 

President of the Flora 
Cameron Foundation, she is also 
weD known tor her work tor the 
Republican Part\'. She served as 
vice chairman of the Bush- 
Quayle '92 National Finance 
Committee, as vice chairman ot 
the Texas Republican Party, and 
as co-chairman of the Republi- 
can National Finance Commit- 

Flo served as the United 
States delegate to the Inter- 
American Commission ot 
Women, as a consultant to the 
Department ot State in the Bu- 
reau of Inter- American Affairs, 
and as an advisor with Vice Pres- 
ident Nelson Rockefeller's fact- 
fmding mission to Latin 
America. Her many business and 
civic activities include serving as 
a member ot the National Advi- 
sory Counsel of the Georgia 
O'Keefe Museum in Santa Fe, 
New Mexico, and as a tnistee of 
the School of American Re- 
search in Santa Fe. 

No stranger to the Sweet 
Briar campus since her gradua- 
tion, Flo was our Founders' Day 
speaker in 1962, and a member 
of Sweet Briar's Board of Direc- 
tors and Overseers from 1969 to 
1974. We are proud to claim her 
as our own, and to salute her for 
the vast range ot her contribu- 
tions — to higher education, to 
her community, and to her 
world. In the many ways she has 
made a difterence, she embodies 
Sweet Briar's mission "to prepare 
women to be active, responsible 
members of a world community." 



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csmpaig^ ily^^ 

lanet Staples Munt '44 Elected to 
Vermont State Senate 

By Katie Wright '00 
Student Intern, Sweet Briar Alum- 
nae Magazi?ie 

OnJanuar>'6, 1999,Janet 
Staples Munt was sworn in as a 
senator from Chittenden 
Count)', Vermont at the State 
House in Montpelier. At an age 
when most people simply enjoy 
retirement, this remarkable 
alumna decided to seek office in 
order to be an advocate for chil- 
dren and families. She ran on the 
Democratic ticket, supporting 
property tax reform, increased 
job choices for Vermonters, ex- 
pansion in health and human 
care services, and environmental 
protection. Recendy retired from 
many years of administering 
health and human service pro- 
grams in the private sector, she 
still maintains a private practice 
in psychotherapy. She has won 
many professional honors over 
the years, including awards from 
the National Association of So- 
cial Workers and the YWCA. 

After graduating from Sweet 
Briar with a degree in psychol- 
ogy/philosophy, Janet served in 

the U.S. Women's Army Corps 
for 22 months in Baltimore (with 
classmates Norma Bradley and 
Peggy Gordon — "What a 
blast!"). She then went to Camp 
Pickett, Virginia, became a psy- 
chiatric social worker, and later 
moved to Walter Reed 7\rmy 
Medical Center as chief psychi- 
atric social worker. After dis- 
charge, she attended Columbia 
University, attaining a master's 
degree in social work. She also 
became a Board Certified Social 
Worker through the Academy of 
Certified Social Workers. 

In 1950, she married Plum- 
mer Coldwell "Coco" Munt: they 
had first met on a blind date her 
treshman year at SBC. The 
Munts had four children and set- 
ded in Burlington, Vermont in 
1957. Coco died in 1989, but 
Janet has been "blessed with four 
healthy grandchildren." 

She had hoped to be at Sweet 
Briar last May for her 55di Re- 
union, but her legislative session 
lasted untU May 15th. She notes 
that "Altogether, it was a chal- 
lenging experience, somewhat 
like being a freshman again, but 
it was fiin!" 

Congratulations, Senator! We 
wish you continued success. 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Summer/Fall 1999 • 17 







The slate shall be approved by 
the Board at its spring meet- 
ing, and upon approval will 
be published in the Alumnae 
Magazine. If no further 
nominatio7is are received 
within two weeks, the slate 
shall be considered elected by 
consent. If additional nomi- 
nations are received, the selec- 
tion of the candidates will rest 
with the Executive Commit- 
tee of the Alumnae Associa- 

Lucy Bosworth 

Nominating Chair 

Robin Christian Rvan 74, 

• Director of Annual Giving and 
Alumni Affairs, The Fenn 
School, Concord, MA 

Board of the Alumnae Associa- 
tion (Regional Chair 1987-91; 
Treasurer 1993-97) 
President, Philadelphia Club 
1982-92; AAR,Wellesley 

Region VIII Chair 
Lucy de OUveira Bosworth '95, 
New Orleans, LA 

• Manager, Information Technol- 
og}' Division & Executive Re- 
cruiter, Ascent Consulting Group 
Information Technologies, New 

Candidate for Masters of Busi- 
ness Administration, University 
of New Orleans 

• New Orleans Club Co-President 

• AAR, New Orleans 

Dotsie McLeod 

Region X Chair 

Meg Shields Duke '76, 
Englewood, CO 
Primarily homemaker, wife, & 

• Graduate, Institute of Paralegal 
Studies, Philadelphia (first para- 
legal to serve in the White 

1999 Colorado Chairman, Forbes 

2000 Inc. (Presidential Cam- 
paign); Board ot the Colorado 
Council on Economic Education 

• President of Denver Club 1995- 
98; longtime active member 

National Reunion Gifts Chair 

Dotsie Woods McLeod '58, 
Nashville, TN 

• Former member, SBC Board of 

Former Alumnae Board First 
Vice President, Second Vice 
President & Region \TI Chair 

• AAR since 1967 

• Charter member of Williams 

Meghan Pollard 

National Reunion Gifts Chair-Elect 

Ann Stuart McKie Kling '74, 
Dallas, TX 

• Three-quiirters-time mother; 
part-time accounting tor family 
business, Swiss-American Prod- 
ucts (skin care products) 

• Reunion Gifts Co-Chair for 
1974's 25* Reunion; work viith 
Reunion committees over the 

• Longtime member, Dallas Club; 
former Dallas Bulb Chair 

• Volunteer at both children's 
schools, with focus on the library: 
St. Mark's School of Te.xas; The 
Parish Day School 

Member- At-Large 

Meghan Poll;ird '99, Metairie, LA 

• Who's Who Among Students in 
American Universities and Colleges 
Chair, First Year Orientation; 
President, Chung Mungs; Acade- 
mic Affairs Committee 

• Admissions Tour Guide 

• Intern, Miller Home of Lynch- 
burg for Girls: ten hours per week 

18 • Summer/Fall 1999 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

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Sweet Briar College blurs the 
distinction between formal 

01^ Life 

Because these "outside" experiences 
enhance and supplement the curricu- 

classroom learning and student life. lum, they are called co-curricular 

From serving on a judiciary 

experiences and grouped together 

committee, to curating an art exhibit, under the heading of co-curricular life. 

to leading a hike through the Blue 
Ridge mountains, to organizing a 
music festival, to holding down a 
campus job — many of the experiences 
students engage in outside the 
classroom complement their academic 
pursuits and broaden their understand- 
ing of the world in general. 

Dr. Valdrie Walker, dean of co- 
curricular life at Sweet Briar, 
believes that College-sponsored 
activities — consciously developed 
alongside academic programs — 
will play a key role in redefining 
women's education in the decades 
ahead. Though Dr. Walker arrived 
at SBC from the University of 
Virginia just a little over a year 
ago, she is already implementing 
plans to organize and expand the 
College's co-curricular program- 

"When Sweet Briar was found- 
ed in 1901," says Dr. Walker, "edu- 
cating women was a daring idea. 

Our job going forward is to maintain that aura — to be just as daring 
in our plans tor the College today. 

"The General Education Program that went into effect last year 
put Sweet Briar on the cutting edge of academic reform. Faculty 
members are doing their jobs. Now it's our turn to step up to the plate 
with an equally ambitious co-curricular program tor young women. 

"We want students to leave the College with a co-curricular port- 
folio — an impressive transcript of leadership positions, research expe- 
riences and projects, technological skills, internships and externships, 
campus jobs, volunteer activities, contacts and recommendations — 
that clearly demonstrates the value of their Sweet Briar experience." 

Dr. Valdrie Walker 


While graduating seniors 
often rush to assemble and make 
sense of their co-curricular expe- 
riences at the last minute, the 
incoming Class ot 2003 will be 
the first to intentionally build a 
co-curricular portfolio from the 
ground up. In addition to aca- 
demic advisors, these first-year 
students have been paired with 
co-curricular advisors (CCAs), a 
mix of administrators, faculty, 
and staff whose primary respon- 
sibility is to assist students to 
take advantage of campus 
resources and co-curricular learn- 
ing oppormnities. CCAs wLU also 
introduce students to the concept 
of using a co-curricular portfolio 
to chronicle their "outside" expe- 

Starting this fall, first-year 
students will meet with their 
CCAs during Orientation and on 
an "as needed" basis throughout 
the year. In the spring, members 
of the Class of 2003 will learn 
how to create secure, on-line, co- 

loanne Mahanes 

curricular portfolios through the 
career services website. 

Co-curricular portfolios wiU 
give students an opportunity to 
assess, organize, and articulate 
both their academic and co- 
curricular accomplishments, 
while contemplating their long- 
term goals. PortfoUos wUl also 
come in handy, providing instant, 
electronic access to the personal 

information students need to 
craft proposals, cover letters, 
resumes, and graduate school 
applications. But the best part, 
according to Career Services 
Director Joanne Mahanes, is that 
portfolios will familiarize stu- 
dents with the Career Center 
early, in an unhurried way, on a 
non-intimidating premise. 
Which is not to say that the 
Career Center has been sitting 

During the 1998-99 academic 
year, the career services staff han- 
dled 742 one-on-one appoint- 
ments, not counting the can-you- 
help-me-quick walk-ins or stu- 
dents just popping in to ask a few 
questions and browse. Last year's 
programs — resume and inter- 
viewing workshops, career fairs 
and conferences, Alumnae-In 
Residence discussions and recep- 
tions, a corporate etiquette din- 
ner, and recruiter panels and pre- 
sentations — attracted a combined 
total of over 2,100 current stu- 
dents and alumnae. 

Joanne Mahanes' goals for last 
year also included launching an 
externship program. Externships 
are alumna-sponsored, week-long 
work experiences that take place 
during winter break, spring 
break, or summer. The purpose 
ot an externship is to let a stu- 
dent "try on" or test a career 
before committing to a longer 
paid or unpaid internship, apply- 
ing to graduate school, or search- 
ing for a permanent position. 

"Externships are not my idea," 
says Mahanes. "My spin, how- 
ever, is to pair our students with 
alumnae whenever possible. The 
response so tar has been wonder- 
ful. Alumnae are receptive to the 
idea of helping students make 
connections as they transition 
from academics to the world of 

Five alumnae sponsors and 
seven students participated in a 
trial run ot the externship pro- 
gram last year. Some ot their 
experiences can be found in the 
"Sweet Briar Alumnae Network" 
article in this issue. Because 


First Year: Self-Assessment. Students can take inven- 
tory tests that provide insightflil information regarding 
career preferences and technical strengths. They are 
encouraged to begin exploring career fields of interest. 
Through carefiilly planned workshops, students take 
the first steps toM'ard constructing effective resumes, 
outlining career goals, and estabhshing co-curricular 

Second Year: Exploration. Students continue to 
explore career fields of interest. They attend advanced 
workshops on constructing resumes, writing cover let- 
ters, interviewing, and internet job searching. Beginning 
in their second year, students participate in externship 
opportunities, exploring career fields through work 
experiences provided by alumnae. They also begin 
developing a co-curricular portfolio that reflects their 
experiences outside the classroom. 

Third Year: Experiential. During the third year stu- 
dents are expected to participate in either focused and 
aggressive career research or preparation for graduate 
school. Interviewing and job search techniques are 
enhanced while students continue building their co-cur- 
ricular portfolios. Internship opportunities are empha- 
sized. Internships consist of both on-and off-campus 
employment. Students receive assistance with graduate 
and professional school entrance exams, applications, 
and interviews. 

Fourth Year: Lifetime Application. Fourth year stu- 
dents are assisted in the formal aspects of job searching. 
Information gathered over three years — inventory tests, 
externship and internship experiences, resumes, and 
co-curricular portfolios — provide the documented 
references seniors need to prepare for job fairs and 
interviews. Sweet Briar participates in major job-search 
opportunities such as the "Focus on Women and Work" 
Conference and annual Careers and CHALLENGE 
job fairs. Through mock interviews and corporate eti- 
quette dinners/seminars. Sweet Briar students are pro- 
vided ample opportunities to manage the transition 
from academics to careers. 

externships take place over 
breaks, these one-week career 
experiences have the potential to 
both replace and increase the 
type of offerings students used to 
engage in during the recendy- 
retired venter term. 

The externship program is 
one facet of a larger career 
services plan to establish alumnae 
satellite career centers across the 
U.S. and around the globe — all 
linked through the SBC career 
services website. In the not-too- 
distant fiiture, alumnae volun- 
teers in regional satellite centers 
will serve as resources for current 
students pursuing externships 
and internships, investigating 
graduate school programs, or 
seeking employment upon gradu- 
ation. They wlU also be able to 
serve as welcome contacts for 
alumnae who are "re-careering" 
or considering graduate school. 

The sateUite center pQot pro- 
gram will call on alumnae in the 
Chicago area to start, with plans 
to expand to Adanta, Dallas, 

Denver, Miami, New York City, 
San Francisco, Seattle and 
Washington, D.C. The College 
would also like to identify alum- 
nae in England, France, 
Germany, Italy, Japan, Scodand 
and Spain — countries where 
Sweet Briar students study 
abroad. Joanne Mahanes has no 
illusions about the effort required 
to get a complete, worldwide 
network up and running. She 
would, however, like to at least 
have the Chicago satellite pUot 
program in place by Sweet Briar's 
2001 centennial. 


Back on campus, career serv- 
ices has established a new four- 
year plan to help students acquire 
interpersonal skills and develop 
job-search strategies in prepara- 
tion for their eventual moves into 
careers or graduate and profes- 
sional programs. First-year stu- 
dents and sophomores engage in 



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^ Sweet Briar College and Drake 
Beam Morin — the world's 
leading provider of career 
management and transition 
services — have teamed up to 
create a dynamic new career 
..'7 management resource for 
'_^ you and your fellow alumnae 
^ It's called Drake Beam Morin 
Alumni Career Sen/ices This 
comprehensive portfolio of 
career-enhancing programs 
and tools includes 

• Networking opportunities 

• Job leads 

• Professional seminars in key 
knowledge and skill areas 

• Career consultation with 
world-class business advisors 

Find out more by visiting the DBM 
Alumni Career Services Web Site 
Or call 1-800-863-8684 

Drake Beam Morin 
fliumni Career Services 

self-assessment and exploration 
workshops and exercises. Juniors 
and seniors focus on gaining 
experience and planning for life 
after college. 

The tour-year plan draws on 
the resources of the entire Sweet 
Briar community. Moving 
through a series ot sensible 
steps — inventory tests, interview- 
ing and job search workshops, 
internships and other experiential 
learning opportunities — students 
•win be able to test their leader- 
ship, problem-solving skUls, 
teamwork skills, adaptability, and 
self-confidence, while being 
assisted by faculty, administra- 
tors, staff, and alumnae who 
comprise a unique Sweet Briar 

In addition to implementing 
all ot these changes — trom co- 
curricular portfolios to alumnae 
sateUite centers — career services 
is gearing up to assume control ot 
the work-study or campus jobs 
program formerly administered 
by the Office of Financial Aid. 

This summer, career services 
added a new coordinator, Ann L. 
Reed, whose responsibilities 
include overseeing the work- 
study transition from financial 
aid to career services. Ann came 
from Chatham Hall where she 
was associate director of admis- 
sions for two years. She also 
worked in the career placement 
ofSce of The Florida State 
University School of Law while 
getting her M.S. in higher edu- 
cation at The Florida State 

"No other college or university 
is coordinating work-study 
through career services," says 
Ann. "This is a brand new tool 
and I expect that, when we have 
it perfected, we'll be touting it. 
Among other things, campus 
employment opportunities wiU be 
posted at the career services web- 
site. Students will submit cover 
letters and resumes to the Career 
Center, and then interview 'with 
supervisors in academic depart- 
ments, administrative offices, and 
campus services as part of the hir- 

ing process. It will be great prepa- 
ration for any future application 
process, including hill-time posi- 
tions or graduate studies." 

Because the Career Center is 
the locus of innumerable connec- 
tions between students' academic 
aspirations and Ufe beyond the 
College, it is the area of co- 
curricular hfe currently undergo- 
ing the most dramatic change. 
Joanne Mahanes is up to the 
task. "I am proof," she says, "that 
internships lead to fijll-time posi- 
tions which, in turn, launch 

Joanne's student work-study 
job in admissions at her alma 
mater, Hofstra University in New 
York, led to a fUl-time counselor 
position her senior year. By the 
time she completed her master's 
in education and received her 
professional diploma in counsel- 
ing at Hofstra, she was an associ- 
ate director. In 1984, Joanne 
joined the admissions staff at 
Florida Atlantic University 
(FAU) in Boca Raton. There, at 
the age ot 29, she became the 
youngest director of admissions 
in the country. 

After three years at FAU, 
Joanne married and moved to 
Charlottesville. She accepted a 
position in the Ottlce ot Career 
Planning and Placement at the 
University of Virginia, where she 
worked for 11 years. 

During her time at UVA, 
Joanne also initiated corporate 
etiquette dinners/seminars for 
students, which enhanced corpo- 
rate hind-raising and attracted 
the attention ot the New York 
Times, the Wa// Street Journal, 
and USyl Today, among others. 

Last spring, Joanne's 
ing firm was featured in the 
American AirUnes In Flight 
magazine. Though corporate eti- 
quette is not her main focus 
even have a brochure), consulting 
does keep her in touch with the 
needs and expectations ot educa- 
tional instimtions and corporate 

After Sweet Briars com- 
mencement in May 2000, during 
Joanne's summer vacation, 
ing to Europe. The firm is con- 
tracted to facilitate corporate eti- 
quette dinners/seminars for 
financial institutions in 
Amsterdam and London, the 
International School of Vienna, 
and the American School ot 

"At these seminars," says 
Joanne, "I always identify myself 
not as the founder of CAREER 
MATTERS, but as the director 
of career services at Sweet Briar 
College in Virginia. In the same 
spirit, while I'm traveling, it 
would be great to touch base 
with alumnae living abroad." 

Joanne arrived at Sweet Briar 
just one year ago. Her vision for 
the SBC Career Services Center 
is inspired bv President 
Muhlenfeld and fueled by a 
community poised for change. 

"We are striving to set Sweet 
Briar apart by showing how a 
liberal arts education for women 
translates into success in the 
working world. We want to 
make prospective students aware 
of the Career Center, assist our 
current students trom 
Orientation through graduation; 
and extend our reach to serve 
alumnae in all phases ot their 

"A big part of the Career 
Center's success rests with alum- 
nae — and not only in terms of 
sponsoring externships or partic- 
ipating in satellite programs. We 
also need feedback. We would 
like to know what the Career 
Center could be doing or should 
be doing as we set our priorities. 

"I'm here because I believe 
this is one of the most e.xciting 
places I can be right now. And 
based on the conversations I've 
had with alumnae so far, my per- 
ception of Sweet Briar appears 
to be right on target." 



Sweet Briar is making it easier than ever for students to engage in experien- 
tial learning and job opportunities across the United States and around the 
globe. In the coming years, the Office of Career Services plans to formalize 
and expand existing relationships among students, faculty, and alumnae. If 
the commitment and performance of the current Sweet Briar alumnae net- 
work is a harbinger of things to come, students in the next century can look 
forward to lifelong access to a professional Career Services Center support- 
ed by an increasingly organized, accomphshed bunch of "old girls." 

Seeing Is 


Before the start of 
spring semester 1999, 
the Hon. Lydia Calvert 
Taylor '62 arranged for 
Sweet Briar sophomore 
Amanda Jones to 
spend a week-long 
externship behind the 
scenes at the 4th 
Judicial Circuit Court 
in the City of Norfolk, 

Most professional women 
have little time to spare and 
Judge Taylor has even less. Yet 
she gladly responded to the 
request from SBC's career servic- 
es, paving the way for Amanda 
to gain a meaningfiil, insider's 
look at the legal profession. 

"Everyone," reports Amanda, 
"went out of their way to make 
sure I was comfortable and get- 
ting what I needed to make the 

experience worthwhile." She is 
sold on the one-week extern con- 
cept, saying that "The short time 
makes the process more intense. 
But you end up with an honest 
picture of what the possibilities 
are before vou take the ne.xt step 
toward an internship or graduate 

Asked why she went out of 
her way to show Amanda the 
ropes, Judge Taylor answered, 
"There is not a single successful 
professional or businessperson I 
know who was not helped along 
the wav. We puU each other up 
the mountainside: someone gives 
you a hand up and vou turn 
around and extend a hand 
down." It sounds like a pretty 
straightforward process, but it's 
not — not at all. And that is 
something Judge Taylor wanted 
Amanda to know, too. Though 
it's fashionable to talk about 
"career paths" these days, a more 
realistic description may be a 
crooked road, constantiy under 
construction, with very bad sig- 

"m tell you an amusing 
story," says Judge Taylor. "When 
I was appointed to the bench in 
1985, a reporter asked me why I 
did not go to law school right 
after I graduated from Sweet 
Briar. He never printed my reply. 
This is more or less what I said: 

"My father was a state court 
judge, my step-grandfather was a 
federal judge, one uncle was a 
law professor at the University of 
Virginia, and another uncle was 
the head of the legal department 
at what is now CSX. My brother 
and every male first cousin in my 
family are lawyers. Yet, I did not 
know that a woman could be a 
lawyer. I honestiy did not know. 

"My father went on the bench 
when I was four years old. 
Growing up, I met all the 
law)'ers in Norfolk. It never even 

Lydia Calvert Taylor '62 

occurred to me that I could be 
one of them. 

"I was lacking prescience. I 
was not visionary enough to pic- 
ture something I did not see — 
which is the way many of us are: 
we discern our options based on 
what we see in front of us. I did 
not go to law school in 1962 
because I did not see how it 
could be done. No one who 
looked like me was doing it." 

Many of the bright young 
women Lydia Taylor knew in 
1962 became engaged during 
college or married shordy there- 
after. She chose a different route. 
Lydia bought a Volkswagen 
Beede in Paris and drove around 
Europe for three months with 
Rue Wallace Judd '61 and May 
Belle Scott Rausch '62. 

"I shipped the car home from 
Lisbon," Lydia recalls, " and 
went to work as a copyboy for 
the Washington Post — a lowly 
position, believe me! I was a 
British history major and 
English minor at Sweet Briar, 

so I certainly had what it took to 
work my way up to the head ol 
the copyboy staff From there, I 
became a reporter wdth hopes of 
eventually working abroad. I quit 
after three and a halt years, how- 
ever, because, clearly, it was a 20- 
year task to qualify as a foreign 

After leaving the Washington 
Post, Lydia painted her VW 
Beede an impossible-not-to-spot 
bright yellow and drove the Pan 
American highway as far as it 
would go. 

"You could not drive through 
Colombia back then," Lydia 
recalls. "The road had not been 
completed because of the ban- 
dits. It was too expensive to ship 
the car from Panama City. 
Instead, I flew directly to 
Ecuador to attend the University 
in Quito for three months." 

A case of appendicitis landed 
Lydia back in the States where 
she enrolled at Old 

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Universit}' (ODU). She took his- 
tory courses and added a teach- 
ing certificate to the mix to help 
fund her graduate studies. She 
excelled during her first semester, 
winning a Graduate Incentive 
Fellowship from the State of 
Virginia. She taught during the 
summer of 1967 in Norfolk's 
newly integrated public school 
system. After another year at 
ODU, she became the 
LIniversity's first Fulbright 

Lydia spent a year and a half 
as a Fulbright Scholar at the 
University of Chile, writing a 
master's thesis on the Christian 
Democratic Party's Youth 
Movement and its connection to 
the Catholic Church. She fell in 
love with a law student just 
before Salvador Allende came to 
power in 1970. The newlyweds 
built a house in the middle of a 
revolution — a move Lydia does 
not recommend to anyone. She 
left the country three years later, 
and resumed her studies at 
ODU. She waited there for her 
husband, who made it out of 
Chile with only 1 1 days to spare 
before a bloody military coup 
toppled the Allende coalition. 

The couple remained in the 
U.S., moving near the Universit}' 
of Texas in Austin where Lydia 
edited books for four years while 
putting her husband through 
graduate school. They separated 
in 1977, and she returned to 
Norfolk, VA, with a toddler 
and an 18-month-old baby. 
She lived with her mother and 
commuted daily to law school 
in WUliamsburg. 

Though a number of 
events inspired Lydia to 
enter law school at William 
and Mary, she says "One of 
the most memorable was 
seeing JiU Volner, the spe- 
cial assistant to 
Watergate prosecutor 
Archibald Cox, mincing 
up the Supreme Court 
steps in a mini skirt." 
Talking with her 
female colleagues over 

Amanda Jones (rt.) with Jesse 
Jackson and Angela Aiken '01 

the years, Lydia discovered that 
the same image — seeing a 
woman lawyer at the center of 
power — had a profound effect on 
others as well. 

Lydia was in the top of her 
class throughout her law school 
career. She clerked for the 
United States District Court 
Judge Walter E. Hoffman, whose 
distinguished career included 
presiding over the 1973 criminal 
trial of Vice President Spiro T. 
Agnew. It was a remarkable, 
invaluable experience which 
Judge Taylor works to duplicate 
for her law clerks today — and for 
Sweet Briar students like 
Amanda Jones. 

"During the week she was 
here, I tell into the habit of treat- 
ing Amanda like a law clerk, for- 
getting that she was still an 
undergraduate. Part of it was 
that she was bright and able 
enough to meet the challenge. I 
hope she realized that she can do 
this; she can go to law school 
and beyond it that is what she 

"Then again," Judge Taylor 
laughs, "Amanda may have com- 
pletely changed her mind about a 
law career after our lunch date 
with Jane Chadwick '74. Jane is a 
stockbroker with Paine-Webber 
and, I have to admit, she made 
the whole business sound very 

"One of the joys ot 
going to Sweet Briar," 
says Jane Reeb 
Chadwick 74, "is being 
part of a community 
that reaches beyond the 

campus. I had just moved to 
Norfolk and started a job with 
Paine Webber when I bumped 
into Judge Lydia Taylor '62. We 
had a great conversation — really 
hit it off — and in the process, of 
course, discovered that we were 
both Sweet Briar graduates. 

"I don't remember if our 
extern Elizabeth Finch '02 men- 
tioned it, or if career services told 
me, but as soon as I heard that 
Lydia was sponsoring a student 
too, I picked up the phone to 
suggest that we all get together 
Given her busy schedule, Lydia 
was really the one who made it 
happen. I think both of us 
wanted to share more than just 
our career experiences. Sweet 
Briar connections are also about 

In the processes of ending a 
20-year marriage and relocating 
to Norfolk, VA, Jane found her- 
self calling on all the resources 
she had developed at Sweet 
Briar: tenacity, flexibility, and ter- 
rific friends. "I have always been 
an advocate for the College," says 
Jane. "But this transition has 
renewed my enthusiasm. It is 
never too late to make changes in 
your life. It's a lesson I learned at 
Sweet Briar — that I had the 

Jane Reeb Chadwick '74 and sister, Molly Reeb Nissman 77 

Street, " is bringing Jane and 
MoUy a measure of celebrit)'. 
They have appeared on local tel- 
evision and in magazines like 
Portfolio. "They call us The Sister 
Act," says Jane. "And we do make 
a great team." 

Both sisters excel at helping 
women overcome the intimida- 
tion ot dealing with financial 

MoUv, a government major, 
applied at Merrill L\'nch after 
graduation in 1977. She had the 
absurd notion that she wanted to 
be a stockbroker Based on her 
campus job as bookkeeper at the 
Sweet Briar library, the company 
granted her an entry-level position. 

"Everyone thought I was 
crazy," Molly recalls. "I was only 
making $7,500 a year as a book- 
keeper at MerrUl Lynch. Coming 
from Sweet Briar, I thought I 
could do an\thing. I had no 
sense that I was attempting to 
break into a male domain. It 
should have been obvious: in an 
office of 40 brokers, there was 
only one other woman and she 
was considered a real renegade." 

After a while, Molly received 
a promotion to sales assistant. 
The move put her closer to the 
action, where it became clear to 
MoUy that she could handle a 
"man's job." 

"I went into my manager and 
told him that I wanted to be a 
broker and go on commission. 
He let me know that I'd never be 
able to make a living, but he let 
me go ahead anyway." 

The dynamic sisters detected 

Elizabeth Finch '02 

inner resources, the courage to 
initiate change." 

For almost a decade, Jane, an 
English major, had been working 
for Ralph Lauren's Polo 
Corporation, handling all of the 
department store accounts in the 
Gulf states: Florida, Louisiana, 
Alabama, and Mississippi. At the 
same time, Jane's sister, MoUy 
Reeb Nissman '77, was in 
Norfolk, working as a stockbro- 
ker for Merrill Lynch. After Jane 
settled into her new job as a 
financial advisor for 
Paine Webber, she talked MoDy 
into jumping ship. Molly is now 
an account vice president at 
PaineWebber where the two sis- 
ters often work together, devel- 
oping investment seminars tor 

The success ot their educa- 
tional series, "Women on Wall 

a like spirit in their extern, 
Elizabeth Finch '02. "We had a 
big project with a tough dead- 
line," says Jane. "Beth got the 
gist of it, rolled up her sleeves, 
and went to work. She was based 
in the 'bull pen' with me, so 
whUe she was working she got to 
see and hear what new brokers 
go through. This is not a job for 
the faint of heart." 

Beth was surprised at how 
much she was able to squeeze 
into just one week. "I spent a 
month at my last internship," she 
says, "and did not get half of 
what I got out of PaineWebber. 
A lot of it, of course, was due to 
the fact that I was working with 
alumnae. MoUy and Jane went 
150 percent out of their way to 
show me the ropes." 

While MoUy appreciates the 
compUment, she knows that 
Beth has the ability to fly with- 
out alumnae support. "At the end 
of Beth s externship, people in 
the office were eager to know if 
she was coming back. It goes to 
show that a one-week 'trial peri- 
od' can lead to fiiture oppormni- 
ties. Beth worked hard and really 
fit in." 

In addition to co-sponsoring 
Beth's externship, Jane was able 
to return to campus last April to 
meet with both students and 
prospective students as part of 
the Alumna-in-Residence 
Program. "I spoke to a group of 
about 30 students, offering 
career information and some 
advice I wish I had received at 
that age. Several students have 
called with questions since then, 
which is exactly what I wanted 
to happen. Smdents need to 
know that thev can and should 
call an alumna contact when 
they're tr\'ing to make important 



While the Alumna-in- 
Residence Program 
focuses on bringing 
Sweet Briar graduates 
together with current 
students, another 
offering called "Focus 
on Women and Work" 
includes Sweet Briar, 
Marv Baldwin, and 

HoUinS. This fall, Sweet Briar 

is hosting the conference. In 
1998, when Julia K. Sutherland 
78 participated, the conference 
was held at Randolph-Macon 
Woman's College. 

Julia is a senior vice president 
at Powell Tate, a Washington, 
D.C. public relations power- 
house. Her presentation caught 
the attention of SBC senior 
Rachel Biirnard '99 who sat in 
the audience thinking, "Wow! 
Maybe this is me." About the 
same time, another SBC senior, 
Jennifer Lee '99, was hearing 
good things about Powell Tate 
from her friends at the University' 
of Virginia. Both students con- 
verged on the career services 
office, hoping to arrange extern- 

Julia was prepared — reallv, 
overly prepared — to sponsor 
Jennifer and Rachel. Powell Tate 
has a year-round program which 
offers internships lasting four to 
six months. The challenge for 


Julia was condensing the same 
types of experiences Powell Tate 
ordinarily provides into a one- 
week format. 

"You're going to love this 
story," says Julia. " Because Powell 
Tate is team focused, we're bro- 
ken into groups ot six to twelve. 
Each group has an internship 
coordinator. I spoke with mv 
coordinator and, because Jennifer 
Lee was a government major, we 
assigned her to my group. No 
problem. Rachel Barnard was an 
international affairs major, so I 
went to the international group 
and asked them if the^' would 
take an intern for a week. Now, 
here's the secret: the internship 
coordinator's mother and sister 
both went to Sweet Briar. I went 
in waving the Sweet Briar banner 
and he gracioush' agreed to 
accommodate Rachel." 

In addition to taking part in 
research tor their groups, Jennifer 
and Rachel had the opportunitv 
to conduct interviews with people 
working at all levels throughout 
the company, including Carter 
White House veteran Jody 
Powell and Reagan White House 
veteran Sheila Tate. 

"The men and women I spoke 
with were candid," reports 
Rachel, "giving me a sense ot 
their responsibilities and even 
their salaries. Julia also arranged a 
brown bag lunch with younger 
employees who shared their 
career paths and the unexpected 
turns they had taken." 

As it turns out, the brown bag 
lunch also benefited Powell Tate. 

"When you work with people day 
in and dav out," explains Julia, 
"you tend to know only what 
they do in their current capacitv. 
You forget that people have past 
experiences that — in a consulting 
relationship — may be of value to 
clients. Going forward, we're 

job she ever had — and also took 
on an additional 40 hours per 
week working as a volunteer for 
Chuck Robb's campaign for 
Virginia governor. 

All the extra effort paid off 
when Julia was offered a job 
assisting Robb's press secretary, a 
man who would serve as Julia's 
mentor for the next several years. 

On the heels of a successfiil 
campaign, Julia moved out of 
politics into state government. 
But her mentor insisted that, if 
Julia wanted to grow, she should 
accept a position as the commu- 
nications director for the Virginia 
state Democratic Part)'. The 
chairman ot the party just hap- 
pened to be the same man Julia 
worked for as a legal secretary a 
few years earlier. By 1988, she 
was in Washington, D.C, serving 

Julia K. Sutherland '78 (left), Jennifer Lee '99 

using the brown bag lunch as a 
model to better inform each 
other and other teams about who 
we are. It was a good thing that 
Jennifer and Rachel did for us." 

Julia's own storv provides 
some valuable advice tor SBC 
alumnae and students alike. She 
graduated in 1979 as a govern- 
ment major who thought she 
wanted to go to law school. After 
bouncing through a series of 
temporar)' paralegal positions, 
Julia landed a fudl-time position 
as a legal secretary' — the hardest 

as U. S. Senator Chuck Robb's 
press secretary. 

"I was too old to be on the 
hill," says Julia. "I was 32 and, 
looking around, everyone was 
vounger than 1. 1 needed to do 
something else, and I did exacdy 
what Sweet Briar career services 
told me to do: I went out and 
lined up informational interviews 
with every public relations person 
I could find. I also ended each 
interview exacdy the way Sweet 
Briar career services had suggest- 
ed, I said: Thank you so much for 

your time. Is there anyone else you 
would recommend I meet with? 
Would you call and ask if they 
would meet with me? And people 
did. They called. It worked." 

Julia accepted a position in 
the public ;iffairs division of 
Fleishman Hillard, an interna- 
tional public relations firm. Two 
and a h;ill years later, she got a 
call from Powell Tate. The call 
was not entirely out of the blue. 
Sheila Tate was one of the people 
Julia had interviewed during her 
search for career information. 

"Part of what the externs 
found out by talking to me and 
all the other people around here, 
is that every experience, ever)' 
job, and ever}' contact counts. I 
also let Jennifer Lee, the extern 
in my group, know that if she did 
not have a fiiU-time position 
when she graduated in the 
spring, she was welcome to come 
back as a fiiU-fledged intern." 

Knowing she could return to 
Powell Tate emboldened Jennifer 
to go after the job she really 
wanted, a position with 
Prudential Individual Financial 
Services. A government major 
with a history minor and a teach- 
ing certificate, she had put 
together a portfolio of co- 
curricular experiences including: 
interning with a small political 
consulting furm in support of 
education; a semester at 
American University; working 
for the Korea society, a non- 
profit awareness group; and stu- 
dent teaching on the high school 

Jennifer felt that the job at 
Prudential would enable her to 
apply her academic skills and 
previous experience in the process 
of helping people — and women 
in particular — achieve financial 
security. The position was a long 
shot and she used all of the 
resources career services had to 
offer. "The career services direc- 
tor, Joanne Mahanes, is going to 
remember me for a long time," 
says Jennifen "I was so stressed 
out, going through 6 interviews 
in 5 months. But I made it. I 

graduated May 1st 
and was in the 
office and at mv 
desk on May 3rd." 

Among the 
people she works 
with, Jennifer is 
the youngest by 
tour years and one of only two 
women in an office with 38 
employees. "If you speak with 
Joanne Mahanes or Julia 
Sutherland," says Jennifer, "thank 
them again for me." 

Like Jennifer, Rachel Barnard 
'99 emerged from her externship 
at Powell Tate pumped up and 
ready to shape her fiiture. The 
people she had interviewed at 
Powell Tate also asked her ques- 
tions, and the exchange helped to 
clarify her goals. As the week 
progressed, she found herself 
veering back on a path she had 
abandoned halfway through her 
Sweet Briar experience. 

"I entered Sweet Briar think- 
ing biology/premed and did the 
coursework. Then, I switched to 
international affairs and went 
abroad. The people I spoke with 
at Powell Tate suggested merging 
both interests in a career with the 
International Red Cross or the 
American Health Care 
Association. They gave me a list 
of options and helped me realize 
that I didn't have to choose 
between my interests. I can enter 
an accelerated master's program 
in nursing and go from there. 
After the week was over, I was so 
incredibly glad I took the oppor- 
tunity. They put me back on the 
right track." 

Though Rachel intends to go 
to nursing school eventually, she 
decided to limit herself to one 
course in anatomy and physiolo- 
gy this summer It was a wise 
choice given all the other work 
she has to do. Rachel applied and 
was accepted into the prestigious 
Virginia Governor's Fellows 
Program, where she was assigned 
to the secretary of health and 
human services. 

The , 

Cjovernor s 


Amy Campbell '97, a 
graduate student at the 
University of Virginia, 
is in the process of 
writing her master's 
thesis on United States 
Supreme Court Justice 
Ruth Bader Ginsburg. 

Amy has received permission 
from Justice Ginsburg to research 
her papers at the Library of 
Congress. It is an astonishing 
opportunity. Living Justices do 
not release their papers. But Amy 
has already begun sifting through 
the small portion Justice 
Ginsburg has elected to make 
available: 24 boxes spanning 11 
years, the time she spent with the 
ACLU's Women's Rights 

Sitting in the Library of 
Congress, deciphering notes 
scrawled on the side of briefs 
used in landmark cases, is not 
something Amy set out to do. It 
is rather, Amy has decided, 
something she was meant to do. 
The difference requires some 

Amy was a premed major at 
Sweet Briar. Because she had 
also taken a slew of government 
courses, she was advised to dou- 
ble major. It was one of those 
no-big-deal decisions that would 
later prove pivotal. The night 
before she was scheduled to take 
the Medical College Admission 
Test (MCAT), Amy got food 
poisoning. It was already August, 
meaning she would have to wait 
another year to apply to medical 

Amy thought about going to 
graduate school in biolog}'. Up 
untQ that point, she had not con- 
sidered research. She was the 
active, outgoing type — working 
as a resident advisor and logging 
up to 30 hours per week with the 
local rescue squad. She had 
always pictured herself as an 
emergency room physician. Now, 
suddenly, she wasn't so sure. 

"The more I looked into it," 

Amy Campbell '97 

says Amy, "the more the idea of 
research intrigued me. That's 
when Professor Perry took me 
aside and said: If you think you're 
interested in research, go to grad- 
uate school in government; you'll 
be great at it. So, I did. And it's 
been a whirlwind ever since. 
Getting food poisoning was an 
omen. I am very happy." 

In the middle of a challenging 
frrst year at UVA, Amy picked 
up a student newspaper and 
spotted a notice for the Virginia 
Governor's Fellows Program. 
The highly-competitive program 

was open to graduating seniors 
and degree candidates in gradu- 
ate or professional school. Amy 
decided to investigate the pro- 
gram for herself and for govern- 
ment students back, at Sweet 
Briar. She then forwarded the 
information and applications to 
Professor Perry and career 

The following summer, Amy 
and Susan Barney '98 were 
invited into the program. Amy 
was assigned to the secretary of 
education. Susan went to the 
Governor's Mansion. Both stu- 
dents felt they had ended up in 
the right place. 

"One man on the interview 
panel," says Amy, "asked me 
questions about educational poli- 
cy. It was a subject I was prepared 
to address, so I let fly. I had no 
idea that I was talking to 
Secretary of Education WOl 
Bryant. If he did introduce him- 
self, I was too ner\'ous to note it. 
Secretary Bryant told me later he 
selected me during that inter- 

Susan Barney '98, a govern- 
ment major with a business man- 
agement certificate, hit the 
ground running in the 
Governor's Mansion. Her 

responsibilities included planning 
and executing events, scheduling 
docents, handling correspon- 
dence, updating manuals and 
procedures, and staying late to 
help manage receptions. 

"It is not a passive experi- 
ence," says Susan. "The program 
selects well-rounded students 
who are capable of making a 
contribution in exchange for the 
wonderfol opportunities the pro- 
gram offers. Your experience is 
not limited to your assignment. 
For example, all Fellows have 
lunch with each of the cabinet 
secretaries. Field trips and semi- 
nars provide an outstanding win- 
dow into the workings of state 
government. You receive a lot 
and you're expected to give a lot 
in return." 

Susan knows all about the 
selection criteria for the 
Governor's Fellows Program 
because she is now the coordina- 
tor When her fellowship ended, 
Susan stayed on as a special assis- 
tant to the governor. In addition 
to coordinating the Fellows 
Program, Susan oversees interns 
and handles a tremendous 
amount of correspondence. 

During the 1998-99 academic 
year, Susan made sure that SBC 

career services had updated mate- 
rials on the program. Career serv- 
ices, in turn, invited Amy 
Campbell back to campus to talk 
about her fellowship and graduate 
school experiences. As a former 
resident advisor, Amy recognized 
many of the students she was 
addressing. In tact, quite a few of 
her advisees had stayed in touch, 
including Rachel Barnard '99. 

Rachel left her externship at 
Powell Tate with the goal of 
combining her interests in medi- 
cine and international affairs. 
Amy, a premed and government 
major herself understood the 
challenge and encouraged Rachel 
to try integrating her talents and 
skills in the Fellows Program. 

Rachel is delighted with her 
position, working for Secretary of 
Health and Human Services 
Claude AUen. "Don't get me 
wrong," says Rachel. "I enjoyed 
Washington, D.C., and 1 am 
grateful to the people at Powell 
Tate for helping me focus. But 
there is something about state 
government — it's more down- 
home, more personal." 

The outcome of Any 
Campbell's pivotal bout of food 
poisoning and subsequent switch 
to graduate school at the 

University of Virginia does not 
end here. "Amy Campbell," says 
Director of Career Services 
Joanne Mahanes, "is the reason 
why I knew I wanted to be at 
Sweet Briar." 

When Amy applied for the 
Governor's Fellows Program, 
Joanne was serving as coordina- 
tor of career development and 
assistant dean of the College of 
Arts and Sciences at UVA. 
Joanne, who participated in plac- 
ing Amy in the Fellows Program, 
was aware that Amy was an SBC 
graduate. However, Joanne was 
hesitant to let an\'one know she 
was thinking about making a 
career move. 

"Some time later," says 
Joanne, " I was at a program fea- 
turing Virginia State Senator 
EmUv Couric. A student in the 
back of the room stood up and 
prefaced her question by saying: 
A]y name is Amy Campbell. 1 am a 
1997 graduate of Sweet Briar 
College and I want you to know 
that I am glad to see someone who 
looks like me in your position. 
That's when I decided I had to 
break my career-move sUence 
and go over and talk to this 

Susan Barney '98 (far left) and Rachel Barnard '99 (front row, second from right) pose with Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore, the First Lady and 
other staffers. 




Kristine Bria '99 
returned to campus for 
her senior year with 
great expectations and 
angst about graduation 
and beyond. After 
spending her junior 
year abroad in Italy, she 
wondered how to 
approach life after 
SBC, specifically, 
employment options. A 
double Italian and his- 
tory major, she was not 
sure what she wanted 
to do. But one thing 
was certain — she was 
leaving the East Coast. 

"After living in Italy," says 
Kristine, "I knew I wanted to 
try something new, to look for 
an opportunity in a major city 
in the Mid-West or the West 
Coast. That's about as far as I 
got. I was feeling anxious until 
I met with the staff in career 
services. They were terrific. 
They helped me focus and 
think JOB." 

Kristine began to concen- 
trate on the next steps: refining 
her resume, exploring extern- 
ship possibilities, and getting 
ready for job fairs. While her 
friends were signing up for 
Careers '99 conferences in 
Atlanta and Washington, 
D.C., she decided to head to 
the Chicago Careers '99 con- 
ference instead. The city had at 

least two things going for it: it 
was culturally rich and, as the 
largest city in the Mid-West, it 
was also rich with professional 

While the conference in 
Chicago turned out to be simi- 
lar to the job fairs offered clos- 
er to campus, the Sweet Briar 
alumnae network in Chicago 
went beyond Kristine's wildest 
expectations. "I couldn't believe 
it," says Kristine. "In fact, I'm 
probably still in shock. I met 
these brilliant, friendly, sharp 
businesswomen who loved the 
College — they were even 
wearing their rings." 

In her hurry to get to the 
Chicago conference, Kristine 
received permission to bend 

Boulware '77, a Chicago alum- 
na, because we had the same 
first name." 

Christine Boulware knows a 
little something about job 
hunting. She is the president 
of Boulware and Associates, 
Inc., an executive search firm 
that recruits senior-level pro- 
fessionals for corporations, the 
public sector, and non-profit 

At Sweet Briar, Christine 
majored in political economy, 
an interdisciplinary course of 
study that allowed her to 
engage in faculty- sponsored 
and independent projects. 
Working with professors 
Milan Hapala and Reuben 
Miller, for example, she was 
able to study the history of 
apartheid in South Africa and 
conduct related interviews 
with members ot the U.S. 
Export Import Bank and the 
United Nations. Christine and 
other students with an interest 
in economics also succeeded in 
persuading the College to 
include business and account- 
ina; courses in the curriculum. 

point is that alumnae 
regrouped primarily to support 
admissions and development 

"Today, of course, Sweet 
Briar sees the value of creating 
a natural segue for students 
leaving the College and start- 
ing their careers. Alumnae are 
being asked to contribute to 
the success of graduating stu- 
dents and it's exciting. It's 
exciting not only for juniors 
and seniors, but also for our 
alumnae community." 

Two months after gradua- 
tion in 1977, Christine eloped 
to Boston. "It was a true elope- 
ment," says Christine. "I had 
no money and no clue what I 
was going to do. I walked into 
a Kelly Girl office and, as luck 
would have it, the woman who 
ran the agency was a Sweet 
Briar graduate, Judy Bensen 
Stigle '67. She hired me within 
a month to permanently join 
her organization. Later I found 
a position working for the 
Commonwealth of 
Massachusetts Bureau of Fiscal 

Kristine Bria '99 

SBC career services rules. 
"Ordinarily," Kristine explains, 
"career services insists that stu- 
dents write alumnae in advance 
to arrange informational inter- 
views. I was leaving for Chicago 
and didn't have time to wait for 
a response. The director, Joanne 
Mahanes, suggested I call ahead 
instead. I called Christine Davis 

Christine Davis Boulware '77 

"The College has always 
been incredibly responsive to 
the needs of students. During 
my tenure, no one thought too 
much about exit strategies. 
There was not a formal, insti- 
tutional process in place 
beyond graduation to really 
support career networking. 
Not that it didn't happen. The 

Sherri Manson '79 

Christine Boulware met 
Kristine Bria and the two 
spent the afternoon exploring 
the city and discussing ideas 
for employment over dinner. 
Christine invited Kristine to 
return over her spring break as 
an extern with Boulware and 
Associates, Inc. Kristine 
accepted the offer and 

Christine's director of research 
put together a project that 
suited Kristine's interests. 

"I was in this huge, beauti- 
flil office in downtown 
Chicago, researching and writ- 
ing a report on corporate travel 
and the hospitality industry," 
says Kristine. "It was a great 
experience — especially get- 
ting together with students 

Left to right, Nicole Rodriguez '00, 
Sherri Manson '79, and Kristine 
Bria'99 at the Art Institute of 

and alums over dinner. That's 
when I met Sherri Manson 
'79. And that's also when I 
introduced my friend Nicole 
Rodriguez '00 to Christine 
Boulware and Sherri Manson. 
I just kept thinking: Wow, this 
is amazing!" 

Sherri Manson is currently 
the vice president and chief 
administrative officer of The 
Foundation Group, Ltd., a pri- 
vate equity investment firm. At 
Sweet Briar, she was an eco- 
nomics major and French 
minor, who participated in 
sports, student government, 
and class activities. Sherri 
spent the spring semester of 
her junior vear abroad in Paris. 
The experience sparked her 
desire to continue learning 
about other cultures; she has 
since traveled though Europe, 

and to Hong Kong and China. 

After graduating, Sherri 
returned home to Philadelphia 
and began her professional 
career in banking, going 
through a training program at 
what is now PNC National 
Bank, N.A. She became an 
assistant branch manager and 
was busy overseeing daily 
operations when one day one 
of her customers talked her 
into going to work tor a pri- 
vate construction company. It 
was that experience — working 
with entrepreneurs on the 
other side of the banking fence 
— which inspired her to join 
her brother in Chicago and 
complete an M.B.A. program 
at Keller Graduate School of 

While in graduate school, 
Sherri worked full-time in the 
accounting department of 
Altheimer & Gray, a Chicago- 
based law firm, managing the 
firm's client funds that were 
held in escrow. In 1997, with 
her new M.B.A. in hand, she 
joined The Foundation Group, 
Ltd., a private equit}' invest- 
ment firm founded by her 
brother, which focuses on struc- 
turing and financing middle- 
market leveraged buyouts. 

Because Christine travels 
extensively as part of her work, 
Sherri was in a much better 
position to pick up the alum- 
nae network ball. During din- 
ner, Sherri helped Kristine 
solidify her plans to move to 
Chicago and find a job. She 
also agreed to assist Nicole 
Rodriguez in finding a paid 
summer internship in Chicago. 

Nicole, a government major, 
proved easy for Sherri to place. 
As Sherri explains, "Nicole had 
previous experience working 
for the Illinois Housing and 
Development Authority. Also, 
during a semester at American 
University in Washington, 
D.C., she interned with the 
Offender Supervision Agency, 
monitoring and maintaining a 
post-probation program for 60 

adult se.x offenders. Because 
she had extensive internship 
experience, I was able to send 
her resume to a friend at the 
department of planning and 
development for the City of 

Nicole was offered a paid 
internship, auditing internal 
loan programs for businesses in 
impoverished Chicago com- 
munities tor the department of 
planning and development. It 
was a busy summer In addi- 
tion to her job, Nicole was 
studying for the LSAT exami- 
nation she will take in 

"When you start out," says 
Nicole, "you think choosing a 
major is the most important 
step you can make toward a 
career. But it's not. Gaining 
practical experience in the field 
you're interested in gives you a 
career edge. Interning or 
externing might even help you 
pick your major. In addition, 
interning puts you in touch 
with people you wouldn't meet 
otherwise. The relationship 
that Christine, Sherri, Kristine 
and I have estabhshed will last 
the rest of our lives." 

Sherri also helped to turn 
Kristine Bria's wishes into a 
real success story. Kristine was 
determined to move to 
Chicago with or without a job 
opportunity' or a place to live. 
With that in mind, Sherri 
started sending her informa- 
tion about potential employ- 
ment opportunities and afford- 
able apartments near trans- 
portation and shopping. 
Kristine made the calls, sched- 
uled job interviews upon her 
arrival in Chicago, and nar- 
rowed the apartment search. 
Sherri visited the apartments 
Kristine chose and, as it turned 
out, they found a great studio 
apartment downtown, just a 
block away from Sherri. 

With Sherri's assistance and 
guidance, Kristine moved from 
Sweet Briar to Chicago imme- 
diately after graduation. 

Between May 1st and July 
15th, she held two temporary' 
positions: one with William 
Blair, an investment banking 
firm, and the other with Fact 
Flow, a medical research mar- 
keting firm. 

Kristine expressed an inter- 
est in the field of human 
resources. She interviewed for 
positions — many of them 
through Sherri's contacts — in 
corporate human resources 
departments. But eventually it 
became clear that previous 
experience was required across 
the board. There had to be 
someplace to start, and by 
mid-July Kristine found it in 
the admissions department of 
the Harrington Institute of 
Design as a recruiter and an 
administrative assistant. 

"It's a fabulous position," 
says Kristine, "and since the 
office environment is small, I 
have greater responsibihties. 
The job offers exactly the t\'pe 
of previous human resources 
experience corporate recruiters 
are looking for. I don't think I 
could have found a better place 
to begin my career" 

In retrospect, Sherri 
beheves that "^bu take away 
more from Sweet Briar than 
vou're aware of the day that 
you graduate. At 21 years old, 
you're too young to understand 
what you have gained from 
your college experience. 

"Sweet Briar grooms stu- 
dents for the world, offering 
each individual the foundation 
she will need to move confi- 
dently into graduate schools 
and careers. Helping Kristine 
and Nicole meet their goals 
was simply an extension of the 
non-academic experience at 
Sweet Briar — an experience 
that fosters sharing, network- 
ing, and teamwork." 

All You 
Have to 
Do Is 


Looking at the memo 
on her desk, it took 
Jane Hutcherson 
Frierson 74 less than a 
minute to determine 
what to do. Her 
employer, Logicon Inc., 
a subsidiary of 
Northrop Grumman 
Corporation, was look- 
ing to fill several critical 

positions. In Jane's business 
area, the company routinely hired 
experienced people with high- 
level clearances and degrees in 
computer science, math, physics, 
or electrical engineering. 

"The demand is so great," says 
Jane, "I thought: Wh\' not bring 
some fresh, new talent into the 
pool and work simultaneously on 
getting their clearances? I 
remembered that Sweet Briar 

Erin Sobotta '99 

Jane Frierson '74 with son Laurance 

was now offering a computer sci- 
ence major I picked up the 
phone and gave the information 
to Carolyn Brazill in career serv- 

Erin Sobotta '99 received a 
call from career services within 
the hour and was in the office 
faxing her resume to Logicon 
that afternoon. It was the second- 
to-last Tuesday in April. 
Graduation was less than two 
weeks away. Erin rushed to com- 
plete several papers, took her last 
exam on Sunday, and was at 
Logicon for an interview at 2 
p.m. on Monday. 

"The next day," says Erin, "I 
was still in Northern Virginia for 
another interview I had lined up. 
1 thought the process was going 
to take longer But Logicon 
called on Tuesday and I accepted 
the offer over the phone." 

Erin had the background 
Logicon was looking tor In addi- 
tion to her coursework, she had 
worked as an assistant in the 
Woody Center computer lab and 
as Sweet Briar's phonathon stu- 
dent coordinator. The summer 
after her junior year, she worked 
as a research assistant tor a pro- 
fessor at Virginia Tech, helping 
to establish an on-line course. 

Erin was impressed with the 
women at Logicon and the posi- 
tions they held. "And we were 
impressed with her," says Jane. 
"The head of our department 
went to WeUesley. She phoned 
and let me know that she hoped 
Erin would accept the offer." 

When Jane studied computer 
science at Sweet Briar, students 
carried their projects around on 
paper tapes similar to the cards 
used by early programmers. 
"Sweet Briar taught me the most 
important lesson. That is, if you 
want to advance, you have to be 
willing to learn from }'ear to )'ear 
This industry changes so fast. I 
found myself taking additional 
courses wherever I lived: 
Louisiana State University, the 
University of Tennessee, George 
Mason University, and the 
University ot Arizona." 

After graduating in 1974, Jane 
married an air force pilot. Her 
first job with Potomac Research 
involved creating war game 
analysis programs. 

In addition to her math and 
computer science skills, Jane 
found herselt drawing on the 
international affairs courses she 
had taken at Sweet Briar with 
Professor Milan Hapala. Not 

only did she end up living in 
Europe, she was able to enhance 
her husband's presentations. "He 
was teaching NATO pilots how 
to fight against the Soviets. I 
remember one brietlng in partic- 
ular involved describing the 
Russian pilot's worldview and 
psyche. All the 400-level courses 
I had taken with Professor 
Hapala suddenly came to the 
tore. You never know what you're 
going to need." 

Years later, Jane invited 
Professor Hapala to the 
Washington, D.C. Alumnae 
Club to speak on the breakup of 
the Soviet Union. By that time, 
she had taken a position with 
Logicon and setded in the area, 
with the help of the Sweet Briar 

"I arrived in D.C. in 1985," 
says Jane. "I had a three-year-old 
son, no child care, and I was five 
days away from starting a new 
job. I picked up the phone and 
called a Sweet Briar friend. I 
could not have survived without 
my alumnae connections. It's 
something you begin to treasure 
more as life becomes more com- 

Sweet Briar friends are 
already helping to smooth Erin 
Sobotta's transition trom Sweet 
Briar to Logicon. She is sharing 
an apartment with Meredith 
Davis '99, who found a job in the 
human relations department of a 
computer training company. At 
work, Erin has finally had the 
chance to meet and go out to 
lunch with Jane Frierson. Jane 
has since recruited another SBC 
graduate, Carolyn Vaughan '99. 

Mary Lea Martin 
Harris '98, a K-12 art 
teacher in the respected 
Fairfax County public 
school system, had no 
idea she was computer 
savvy. This summer, her 
colleagues are in sum- 
mer school, taking 
computer classes to 
complete their teaching 
certification. Mary Lea 
w^as exempted. She fin- 
ished her portfolio 
requirements at home. 

"From having to use HTML 
to create web pages in art history, 
to Professor Alouf insisting that 
we use web-based resources in 
his education classes, to all the 
data entry I did as part of my 
internship for the Teacher 
Institute at the National Gallery, 
to the long-distance courting that 
went on via e-maU with my hus- 
band — it all added up without 
my realizing it. The word pro- 
cessing, spreadsheet, and presen- 
tation competencies required in 
the 'real world' are not a chal- 
lenge. When you come from 
Sweet Briar, those types of appli- 
cations are second nature." 

Mary Lea finished student 
teaching on a Friday and started 
her job the following Monday. 
She attributes her success to the 
preparation she received inside 
and outside of the classroom at 

SBC. "I had to apply for my job 
at the campus art gallery every 
year," says Mary Lea, "and I even 
had the opportunity to serve as a 
student representative on the 
Friends of Art Board." 

Mary Lea's studio art profes- 
sors taught her how to document 
her work and put it in a profes- 
sional format. "They also made 
me write an artist's statement for 
my senior show," she recalls. "I 
carried those skills forward into 

able to respond off the top of my 
head. My art history courses 
turned out to be really, really 

This spring, near the end of 
the school year, Mary Lea's sec- 
ond graders decorated three- 
dimensional Cambodian dancers. 
The materials were left over from 
her internship at the National 
Gallery of Art. "Among my 
responsibilities, I had to develop, 
coordinate, and supervise a five- 

Mary Lea Martin Harris '98, Kate Haw '92, Lynn Pearson Russell '69 

my student teaching, photo- 
graphing my students' work and 
presenting those examples with 
my lesson plans." 

For her arts management 
practicum, Mary Lea developed 
an architectural "treasure hunt" to 
support the Virginia Standards of 
Learning Objectives for classical 
Greek and Roman civilizations. 
Using the materials Mary Lea 
created, area schoolchildren tour 
the Sweet Briar campus every 
fall, identifying the classical ele- 
ments of the College's Georgian 

Though she planned to major 
in studio art and art history, 
Mary Lea chose to minor in art 
history to accommodate the 
classes required tor her teaching 
certificate. She did, however, 
receive the major benefit of 
studying with Art History 
Professor Ninie Laing. 

"My interview for this job 
turned out to be an exam, an oral 
comprehensive. All I could think 
was: Thank you, Professor Laing. 
I was quizzed on art, artists, and 
time periods, and how I would 
tie all three together and into the 
curriculum for my students. I was 

hour, hands-on art activity for 
1000 children and parents to 
coincide with the Ancient 
Angkor Cambodia Exhibition." 

Mary Lea stiU t;ilks with 
enthusiasm about her summer 
experience at the National 
Gallery. "It was a thrill to work 
your way through the maze: to be 
standing in a room fiill of Picasso 
crates, or up in the dome, or by 
the shooting range where the 
guards practice. It was all so fas- 
cinating; even doing things like 
fding, data entry, or correspon- 
dence, it was impossible to be 

Lynn Pearson Russell '69 
knows the feeling. After gradua- 
tion, she was hired to work at the 
National Gallery's art informa- 
tion desk. "For someone who had 
just graduated with an A.B. in art 
history," says Lynn, "I felt like I 
had reached the height of what 
was possible. It seemed remark- 
able to me at the time and it was 
a fiin position to have for two 
years — especially if you like inter- 
acting with people." 

Lynn left the National 
Gallery to marry and move near 
the University of New York at 

Binghamton, where she and her 
husband were able to pursue their 
master's degrees at the same 
time. Shortly after Lynn com- 
pleted her studies in medieval art, 
the National Gallery offered her 
a position as a lecturer. Today, 
Lynn is the head of adult pro- 
grams in the educational division, 
a job that includes organizing 
symposia, lecture courses, and 
gallery talks; training docents 
who provide tours in several lan- 
guages; and overseeing fellow- 
ships and internships. Lynn is 
also the president of Sweet 
Briar's Friends of Art Board. 

Several years ago. Professor 
Ninie Laing invited Lynn to par- 
ticipate in a Sweet Briar confer- 
ence on careers in art history. 
Kate Haw '92, who was in grad- 
uate school at the University of 
North Carolina at Chapel HiU, 
drove up to attend. "I met Lynn 
briefly at that conference," says 
Kate. "Then later, when I was 
looking for a job. Professor Laing 
encouraged me to call her." 

Lynn Russell had no illusions 
about Kate's prospects. The com- 
petition among highly qualified 
candidates was fierce. Lynn 
advised Kate to shoot for a 
lower-level position, working for 
renowned curators at the 
National Gallery rather than 
accept a more prominent position 
at a smaller museum. Kate took 
her advice and applied. 

"Kate," says Lynn, "was will- 
ing to take a staff assistant's posi- 
tion. But it was perfectly clear 
from the start that she was a par- 
ticularly accomplished and capa- 
ble person. During her time here, 
she was able to accrue greater 
and greater responsibilities. Her 
experience is a good example of 
why smdents should seek the 
advice of alumnae working in the 
field. The job that seems the 
most impressive may not neces- 
sarily be the best place to start." 

For Kate, truer words were 
never spoken. "The two curators 
I worked for in French and 
Northern Baroque painting were 
great people. They allowed me to 
stretch beyond my job descrip- 

tion, giving me exposure to the 
fiJl range of curatorial responsi- 
bilities. I had such wonderful 
relationships, it was hard to 
leave after three years. But, 
the next step — going from an 
administrative to a curatorial 
position — ^was not going to hap- 
pen am' time soon. I set my 
sights on Manhattan instead." 

After 10 months of searching, 
the former chief curator ot the 
National Gallery called Kate to 
let her know that Peter Tillou 
was opening a gallerv in New 
YorL TLUou had built one of the 
most important collections of 
Dutch and Flemish still lite 
paintings in the world. Kate's 
immediate boss at the National 
Galler>' knew Tillou and placed 
a call on Kate's behalf. "Shordy 
thereafter, I met Peter TLUou tor 
a delightfijl breakfast at the 
Metropolitan Club and two 
hours later he hired me." 

Kate, who will be editing the 
Sweet Briar Friends of Art 
newsletter this year, says that her 
work helping the College with 
acquisitions is broadening her 
education in contemporary art. 
"I'm trying to give back," says 
Kate, "but the relationship is stUl 
uneven. My art histor)' profes- 
sors inspired me to go to gradu- 
ate school. Lynn Russell got me 
through the door at the National 
Gallery. When you've had great 
mentors, you find yourself want- 
ing to continue the tradition; 
you're happy when someone 
from Sweet Briar calls on you for 
help or advice." 

in the 

Tina Hansel '99 started 
playing soccer in 
kindergarten — and she 
still plays the way she 
did then, for the pure 

joy 01 It. But when she joined 
the Fellowship of Christian 
Athletes (FCA) in high school, 
she began to appreciate the game 
on another level. "There is a rea- 
son why athletes get better 
grades in season," says Tina. 
"Playing a sport puts you on a 
schedule which improves your 
tocus all around." 

Though Tina is excited about 
the increasing opportunities tor 
women in professional sports, her 
career sights are set on maintain- 
ing the spirit of the game and pro- 
viding good role models for chil- 
dren and teenagers. That's why, 
during her sophomore year, she 
decided to major in psycholog)' 
with a teaching certificate. 

"Balancing academics with 
sports was a major part of my col- 
lege experience," says Tina. "I can't 
do one without the other. ^-Vnd at 
Sweet Briar you tind that the most 
involved students — the student 
government representatives, club 
presidents, events organizers, and 
volunteers — are also athletes. 

















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Tina Hansel '99 (center) with teammates Melissa Jefferson '01, left, and 
Liz Hyland '00, right. 

Tina Hansel 99 

"I was proud to represent 
Sweet Briar when we were out on 
the road. The program got better 
every year and support outside of 
the department was growing. 
Dean Walker and Martha 
Woodruff in co-curriciJar life. 
Professor Kirkwood in the math 
department, the chaplain's office — 
all recognized the contribution we 
were making and that recognition 
meant the world to us. The cam- 
pus had spirit days — we even had 
our pictures taken to be put on 
trading cards." 

Throughout her four years at 
Sweet Briar, Tina kept in touch 
with the FCA, traveling to Europe 
with the women's soccer team, 
participating in leadership train- 
ing, and interning as a counselor 
in camps during the summer. "My 
mother kept asking: How old are 
you going to be before you stop 
going to camp?" says Tina. "My 
answer was 'never.' I love being in 
the dirt with the kids, meeting 
them where they are." 

After graduation, Tina 
accepted a position as an area 

representative with the FCA. She 
covers 30 schools: training stu- 
dent leaders, providing program- 
ming, and keeping the "huddles" 
up to date. She is also directing 
the sports camps she used to 
attend. Her first foray took place 
this summer at a day camp for 
200 eight-to-twelve year olds. 

"It's fiin," says Tina, "but this 
job also puts you on the front 
lines. There are a lot of good kids 
out there dealing with drugs, 
divorces, violence, and loneliness. 
Too many are coming home to 
empty houses. They drift into 
trouble because they don't see 
other alternatives. 

"With my teaching certificate, 
I could go into the classroom. 
Though I don't think I'd be as 
effective. It's easier to make con- 
tact with kids when you're out 
mnning around on the field with 
them. I'm going to keep doing 
what I'm doing — counseling and 
coaching — as long as I feel like 
I'm making a difference. I hope 
that will be for a very long time." 


Full Circle 

In 1986, career services 
and dance professors 
Ella and Mark 
Magruder teamed up 
to bring Connor Kelly 
79 back to campus. 
Connor was a dance 
therapist, and the 
Magruders, who are 
always on the lookout 
for opportunities in 
dance, wanted her to 
speak with dance stu- 
dents about her career. 

"I'm doing what I'm doing 
today," says Brandi Beck Fowler 
'90, "because Connor Kellv 
returned to Sweet Briar my 
freshman year. I fell in love with 
the idea ot dance therapy and 
spoke with her about it after the 
meeting. She advised me to 
begin by majoring in ps\'cholog\' 
and dance and then to continue 
in graduate school." 

In addition to her dual major, 
Brandi worked as a resident 
advisor and as the liaison 
between the RAs and the direc- 
tor of residential housing at 
Sweet Briar. During the summer, 
she interned with the Salvation 
Army Youth Lodge in Adanta, 
working wdth runaway teenagers. 
The Maguders also helped 
Brandi gain e.xperience by creat- 
ing opportunities in the local 
Amherst County public schools. 
She taught a dance class in the 
high school and worked with 
developmentally-dela)'ed ele- 
mentary' school students. 

In the spring of Brandi's 

Brandi Beck Fowler '90 

senor year, the Magruders 
attended a conference in North 
Carolina, where they distributed 
a video of their private dance 
company. Menagerie. The head 
of dance education in the North 
Carolina public schools received 
a copy and was impressed. 
During a foUow-up call, she let 
the Magruders know that she 
was very interested in hiring 
Sweet Briar dance majors. Did 
the}' have any interested seniors? 
"I did not want to go to grad- 
uate school right awa\' and I was 
thinking about heading off to 
someplace like Australia," says 
Brandi. "The option of having a 
job in my field two months 
before I graduated was some- 
thing I did not expect. The 
Magruders gave me the number, 
and the woman I spoke with 
said: 'Look at a map of North 

Carolina, pick the cirv you want 
to live in, and that is where we'll 
arrange your interview.' I drove 
to Charlotte, interviewed, and 
signed the contract." 

Brandi taught tor two years, 
returning to campus twice to 
work with students and talk to 
them about dance education. 
Then, one day, the Magruders 
received a call. It was Brandi ask- 
ing if the}' could write a recom- 
mendation fast. AppUcation 
deadlines were approaching and 
she had just decided it was time 
to go to graduate school. 

The program Brandi selected 
at Antioch offered a three-year 
master's degree in counseling and 
psychology and dance movement 
therapy. Shortly after she was 
accepted, Brandi requested a 
deferment. "I had put off travel- 
ing after Sweet Briar to take the 

opportunit\' to teach in North 
Carolina. Once I had my gradu- 
ate school plans settled, I 
thought: Wait a minute. This 
might be my last chance. I 
always wanted to go to Africa." 

Brandi went to Africa, top to 
bottom, from Eg}'pt to South 
Africa, traveling by herself for a 
A'ear. She restricted herself to 
using only ground transporta- 
tion. "I hiked," says Brandi. "I 
rode camels and donke}'s, took 
buses and ttains, and hopped on 
trucks — an\'thing I could do to 
get to the next place. I traveled 
through a war, through a country 
that was having a referendum to 
become a country, through vil- 
lages where I met other dancers 
who would pull their troupes 
together for me. It was a won- 
derful and sometimes horrifying 
e.xperience. I wrote the 
Magruders as I went along. Then 
I came home and went to gradu- 
ate school." 

The following summer 
Brandi returned to Africa with a 
filmmaker — her future hus- 
band — ^who was acquiring 
footage for a documentary' on the 
black rhino. While she was there, 
Brandi also investigated the pos- 
sibUin' of doing a required 
internship and writing her thesis 
in South Africa the following 
year. Two hospitals in C-apetovyn 
were receptive, including Groote 
Schuur, the famed site of the 
world's first heart transplant. 

Brandi finished her second 
year of classes, got married, and 
remrned to Capetown to start 
her internship. "The South 
Africans, especially the indige- 
nous population, responded well 
to dance therapy. It was a great 
alternative to Anglo, Western, 
mainstream psychology. The 

rural people are in touch with 
their bodies and with dance. For 
them, movement became a won- 
dertlil means of expression and 

Nelson Mandela was elected 
president and assumed ofifice two 
months before Brandi and her 
new husband arrived back in 
Capetown. "South Africa was 
changing," sa\'s Brandi . "The 
previously segregated, white hos- 
pitals were very supportive of my 
work. In fact, after finishing m\' 
internship and thesis, I accepted 
a position at Groote Schuur. My 
husband was working and we 
were planning to stay until our 
visas were destroyed and we were 
given 48 hours to leave the 

The couple headed to Los 
Angeles, a city that thrives on 
filmmaking and therapy. Brandi 
describes the past three years of 
her lite as being "much more 
normal." Alter working inten- 
sively with criminal adolescents 
for two vears, she now treats 
chronically mentallv' ill adults. 
The change has freed enough 
time for her to pursue a doctor- 
ate in clinical psvcholog}'. 

Before Brandi began her 
Ph.D. program, she returned to 
Sweet Briar to teach a Winter 
Term course in dance movement 
therapv. Twenr\'-two students 
enrolled. Brandi was thrilled. 

"The dance program at Sweet 
Briar enables students to discov- 
er things inside themselves that 
can be used in powerflil ways 
throughout their lives. Being 
asked to come back — especially 
since it was Connor Kelly 79 
who inspired me — gave me a 
wonderfiil feeling ot achieve- 
ment, of coming ftiU circle." 


the Page 

Not every internship 
takes place off campus. 

Virginia White Blair '98 loves 
architectural historv. As a student 
majoring in historv' with an arts 
management certificate, she 
interned with Harnsberger and 
Associates, a Richmond-based 
firm devoted to the restoration ot 
historic properties. Virginia was 
able to work on campus, helping 
architects pull together a needs 
analysis for Sweet Briar's historic 

In addition to outlining mate- 
rial objectives, Harnsberger's 
Sweet Briar College Historic 
Structures Report is fdled with 
fascinating histories ot Sweet 
Briar's buUdings and colorfiil 
anecdotes about their original 
inhabitants. The 240-page docu- 
ment is a docent's dream, thanks 
to Virginia and the hours she 
spent researching the campus. 

"Sweet Briar," says Virginia, 
"gives every student the opportu- 
nitv to do her best. With the 

Virginia White Blair '98 

exception ot my 'people' skills, all 
the expertise and tools I use 
every day on the job, I acquired 
at the College. In many ways, mv 
career life began the da\' I 

Virginia was 48 years old 
when she graduated from Sweet 
Briar in 1998. This summer, after 
working for a year as an adminis- 
trative coordinator in High Point 
University's evening degree pro- 
gram, she was promoted to assis- 
tant registrar. 

"I may go back to architectur- 
al histor)' again someday, " says 
Virginia, "but with three boys in 
college, I think I should stick 
with what I'm doing now. 
Though it may not seem related, 
my current job really is linked to 
my arts management back- 
ground. The arts management 
director, Professor Rebecca 
Massie Lane, introduced me to a 
different world. I grew up think- 
ing I could be a nurse, a teacher, 
or a social worker. She turned the 
page, opening mv eyes to possi- 
bilities and 
careers I had 
never consid- 

went to High 
Point Universit)' 
in Nordi 
Carolina to 
interview tor an 
opening in the 
office, but the 
director felt she 
was overquali- 
fied tor the posi- 
tion. Instead, he 
encouraged her 
to apply tor 
another open- 
ing, an admin- 

istrative coordinator's position at 
High Point. Her combined 
Sweet Briar experience — assist- 
ing at the College's academic 
resource center (ARC), interning 
with Harnsberger and Associates, 
and working in the Sweet Briar 
Development Office — placed her 
well above consideration for an 
entr)'-level job. 

At Sweet Briar, the peer 
counseling, time management, 
and computer skills Virginia 
gained through her campus job 
at the ARC put her in position 
to take on even more challenging 

"The ARC opened doors, 
which opened other doors," 
explains Virginia. By the time I 
arrived at the Development 
Office, I was able to handle a lot 
of responsibUitv. By the time I 
graduated, my resume was pretty 
substantial. Career services 
helped me with the format and 
the development staff helped me 
fine-tune my objectives. I sent 
out seven resumes and cover let- 
ters, and I was granted seven 

As assistant registrar at High 
Point Universit)', Virginia has just 
finished publishing the course 
catalog and the student hand- 
book. Registration takes place 
every 8 weeks for over 1200 stu- 
dents on 2 campuses. "I wear a 
lot of hats," says Virginia. "But 
the moments I treasure most are 
those occasions when I'm able to 
give students the qualit)' ot atten- 
tion I received at Sweet Briar. It's 
funny how things unfold. You 
think you're heading in one 
direction and then you end up 
somewhere else — in exactly the 
right place." 

Ann Barrett '97 and the 

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Ann Barrett '97 did 
not waste any time. She 
accepted a position 
with McLeodUSA in 
April of her senior year 
and was on the job one 
week after graduation. 
In the two years since, 
the Iowa-based 
company has doubled 
in size, and Ann has 
moved quickly from an 
entry-level position into 
management. In fact, 
for over a year now, she 
has been managing the 
national client develop- 
ment and co-op adver- 
tising department. 

Ann Barrett '97 

"It's been quite an experi- 
ence," says Ann. McLeodUSA is 
less than ten years old. The 
advertising department was fairly 
new when I started, so I was able 
to develop it into my own. I got 
into McLeod at exactly the right 

Ann's success is no accident. 
She began researching her career 
options during her junior year 
and, in the process, initiated the 
successfiil Sweet Briar Alumna- 
in-Residence Program. 

"I spent my freshman and 
sophomore years deciding what I 
wanted to major in," recalls Ann. 
"After choosing economics, I 
went to the Career Center at 
least once a week, trying to figure 
out what I was going to do next. 
Researching and interning are 
important things to do. But the 
alumnae who returned to speak 
in classes or more informally 
with students through the Career 

Center had a lot to offer, too. 
They had career insights and tips 
that students would probably 
never pick up otherwise. 

"I wanted to see more alum- 
nae returning to SBC to speak 
candidly about their career expe- 
riences. I also wanted to see 
greater geographic representa- 
tion. Most alums were coming 
from the Mid-Adantic region 
and 1 was planning on returning 
to the Mid-West. It occurred to 
me that — though proximity 
makes travel convenient tor both 
alumnae and students — there had 
to be some way to bring alumnae 
from all over the U. S. back to 
campus." Ann shared her 
thoughts with her advisor in the 
economics department. Professor 
Bill Hosteder, who encouraged 
her to approach the Alumnae 
Office with her suggestion to 
expand alumnae career connec- 
tions. The director of the 
Alumnae Association, Louise 
Zingaro '80, was receptive to the 
idea and gave Ann the go-ahead 
to create a proposal for an 
Alumna-in-Residence Program. 

"When I spoke with Louise," 
says Ann, "she already had some 
alumnae in mind. We conferred 
over the summer. Then, when I 
remrned my senior year, we start- 
ed implementing the program — 
which included polling students 
about what they wanted to do 
and where they wanted to live 
after graduation." 

Ann became an alumnae 
office intern, contacting alumnae, 
arranging lectures and dinners, 
and bringing career resources to 
campus. Some careers and cities 
were more popular than others. 
But Ann tried to respond even if 
only a handflil of students 
expressed an avid interest in a 
more obscure field. 

Though Ann also interned 
with Rockwell International and 
what is now Wells Fargo 
National Bank, her on-campus 
internship proved to be the most 
valuable. "The Alumna-in- 
Residence Program helped me 
decide what I wanted to do after 
college and the Alumnae Office 
internship provided me with 
skills I could apply in any office 

"One of the great benefits was 
that my on-campus internship 
was longer. I had the time to 
learn more than just the basics. 
Between that experience, my 
alumnae contacts, and my major, 
I left Sweet Briar especially well 
prepared for what I'm doing 
now: working professionally with 
individuals, buUding relationships 
with customers, dealing with 
promotions and reimbursements, 
traveling to sales offices around 
the country, and training sales 

Rockwell International 
offered Ann a position but, based 
in part on what she had learned 
about herself through her Sweet 
Briar experience, she elected to 
go with a younger, growing 
telecommunications company. 

"Sweet Briar," says Ann, 
"since it's a smaller institution, 
allows students to come up with 
ideas and then work to imple- 
ment them. By the time I gradu- 
ated, I was confident that I could 
hit the ground running at 
McLeodUSA. And that's what I 

During the 1998-1999 academic year, nine 
alumnae returned to campus to share their career 
experiences with students: 

Katliarine Crommelin Milton '62, professor of anthropology at the 
Universitv' of California at Berkley, was invited to campus to receive 
the 1998 Distiguished Alumna Award. Katharine met with students 
in the Career Center, visited Professor Gier's "General Ecology" class, 

and spoke with students interested 
in anthropolog)', biolog)', and grad- 
uate school. Her inspiring and 
entertaining remarks to the com- 
munit)' at the Founder's Day 
Convocation were reproduced in 
the Sweet Briar Alumnae Magazine. 

Kindle Samuel '98, a young alum- 
na trustee, met with students to 
discuss the master's program in 
accounting at UNC at the Kenan- 
Flager School of Business. 

Kindle Samuel '98 Sjgi 2irkle '93 and Lucia Marks 

'94 came to campus from New 
York Cit)'. Sisi works at the NYC Metropolitan Museum of Art in 
direct marketing. Lucia is in a master's program in public health at 
Columbia University. Both met with students and faculty to discuss 
their non-profit internships, graduate school, and living and working 
in NYC. 

Dr. Dearing Ward Johns '63 (left) and Dr. Claudette Harlow Dalton '69 
(second from left) talk with Michelle Dunn '02 and Margaret Dally '99. 

Deborah Dunning '59 

Deborah Dunning '59 shared her extensive professional experience 
working in art museums, historic preservation, publishing, and envi- 
ronmental management. She spoke with students in two classes, 
intormally in the Career Center, and during a walking tour examining 
Sweet Briar's ongoing efforts in historic preservation. 

Dr. Claudette Harlow Dalton '69 and Dr. Dearing Ward Johns '63 
conducted sessions wdth students on "Women in Medicine" and 
"Effective Interviewing Techniques for Medical School Admission." 
They also delivered two talks: "The Biochemistry of Human 
Nutrition" in Professor JDl Granger's chemistry class, and "Ethics: 
Theory and Application" in Professor Margaret Hartman's philosophy 

Dr. Dalton is the assistant dean for medical evaluation and assis- 
tant professor of medical education and anesthesiology at the 
University of Virginia. Dr. Johns, also at the University of Virginia, is 
associate professor of medicine and a practicing cardiologist. 

Jane Reeb Chadwck '74 and Sandra Taylor '74. met informally with 
smdents and prospective students during Accepted Applicants 

Jane is a financial advisor with PaineWebber. Sandra, a past 
Alumnae Board member and current member of the Visiting 
Committee on Diversity, is product manager and vice president of 
Crestar Financial Corporation. 



producer and 
multi media 
entrepreneur, Laura 
Groppe '85, 
to speak at Focus 
on Women & Work 

This November the College is 
hosting "Focus on Women and 
Work," an annual conference pre- 
sented by the Consortium ot 
Virginia Woman's Colleges and 
Universities. The one-day event 
draws hundreds of students trom 
HoUins University, Mary 
Baldwin College, Randolph- 
Macon Woman's College, and 
Sweet Briar College. In addition 
to serving as a forum for women's 
issues, the conference acts as a 
catalyst, uniting women as col- 
leagues as they prepare for, and 
enter, the workforce. 

This year's keynote speaker is 
SBC graduate Laura Groppe '85, 
president and CEO of the multi 
media company. Girl Games, 
Inc. Founded in 1994, Laura's 
Texas-based enterprise is 
dedicated to providing girls ages 
7-17 with interactive entertain- 
ment that encouratres them to 

explore cutting-edge technology, 
preparing them for the demands 
of the fiiture. 

Girl Games research and 
development lab has conducted 
research for clients including 
Proctor and Gamble, Mattel, Fox 
Family Channel, and Peterson 
Publishing. The company has 
produced four CD-ROM tides. 
Let's Talk About Me, Let's Talk 
About Me Some More, Clueless, 
and Teen Digital Diva, and two 
websites and . Currendy, 
Girl Games is venturing into 
other media such as interactive 
"gadgets" and television. 

"I have the benefit of being 
part of an organization that is 
exclusively dedicated to bettering 
the environment for girls," says 
Laura. "It's almost as though I've 
taken Sweet Briar's mission and 
tried to make a company out of 
it. In my position, I hear fre- 
quently from women of all ages. I 
receive e-mail from contempo- 
raries — total strangers — ^who find 
Girl Games on the internet and 
take the time to congratulate us 
or to inquire about joining us. 

"There are plenty of alumnae 
out there who are taking risks 
and trying to break new ground 
in a lot of different fields — many 
doing much more exciting things 
than what I'm doing here. We 
need to get together and support 

Laura Groppe's websites and . 

Laura Groppe '85 

each other in whatever ways we 
can and, obviously, we owe it to 
the College to share experiences 
and information with current 

Before starting her own busi- 
ness, Laura pitched her girl- 
games idea to large, established 
entertainment media companies 
that predictably doubted the 
financial viability of the concept. 
Once she resolved to go it alone, 
she found that the experience 
was not entirely new. She was 
used to navigating in uncharted 

During her Sweet Briar 
Junior Year in Spain, Laura dis- 
covered she was perfecdy com- 
fortable being by herself in unfa- 
miliar places. After graduation, 
she headed to Japan, inspired in 
part by her philosophy and reli- 
gion courses, and also by the fact 
that the Pacific Rim was the 

hottest place in the world to be 
in the mid-1980s. "Then too," 
says Laura, "I didn't really have a 
plan yet. Going to Tokyo served 
as a buffer, a place to explore 
while I figured out what I want- 
ed to do next." 

In Tokyo, Laura worked as an 
aerobics instructor and enrolled 
in a private language school. "I 
skipped a lot of language classes," 
Laura recalls, "and went to the 
movies instead. My roommate 
was getting her Ph.D. in 
Japanese cinema and I became 
fascinated with filmmaking." 

When she returned to Texas a 
year and a half later, Laura net- 
worked her way into a job on a 
movie being filmed in Houston. 
That opportunit\' led to another, 
which led to another, until she 
had accumulated enough produc- 
tion experience to move to 

Laura spent several years in 
Hollnvood, establishing herself 
as a talented assistant director 
and co-producer of feature films 
and music videos. She won an 
Academy Award for her short 
tUm Sessions Man in 1992, four 
MTV awards for co-producing 
R.E.M.'s Everybody Hurts music 
video in 1994, and a Sundance 
Film Fesrival Best Cinema- 
tography award tor co-produc- 
ing the feature fdm Suture in 

"The movie business is gruel- 
ing, especially on the production 
end," says Laura. Continuing 
was going to require an even 
greater commitment — which 
prompted me to rethink my 

"My parents asked me if there 
was anyone in the movie busi- 
ness whose life — not career, but 
life — I could emulate. It took 
about thirty seconds to answer. 
There were plenty of women 
whose jobs I wanted, but I did 
not envy the lives that went 
along with those positions. 

"Looking back now, I can see 
the influences that led up to the 
founding of Girl Games. It looks 
like I had it all planned when, in 
fact, I didn't have a clue. When 
you're going through a career 
change, you don't always stop to 
ask 'Does this make sense?' 
You're constantly evaluating, 
based on your gut and how well 
you know yourself 

"I left Sweet Briar knowing 
that I felt at home in foreign 
waters; I never thought I would 
come back from Spain. And it is 
probably that experience — those 
characteristics and qualities — 
that drives Girl Games into new 
technologies and business mod- 
els today. Every day, we're faced 
with the equivalent of a new for- 
eign language." 

to Pedestal: 

Sweet Briar's Field 
Archaeology and 
Museum Management 
Courses Merged in 
May to Expand 
Experiential Learning 

Digging with students behind 
Sweet Briar's plantation house 
and original slave cabin, archae- 
ologist and field supervisor 
Cindy Trussell put it this way: "If 
you want to be a movie actor, you 
go to Hollywood. If you want to 
be a historical archaeologist, you 
go to Virginia." 

"History moves East to West 
in the United States," explains 
Dr. Amber Bennett Moncure 
'91, visiting assistant professor of 

anthropology at Sweet Briar. 
"Virginia has the first colony. 
Revolutionary War, plantation 
South, CivU War, and the great- 
est number of presidents. It also 
has well-established programs in 
place to support museums and 
parks, archaeological research, 
and historic preservation. For 
professionals and students, this is 
the place to be." 

This summer Dr. Moncure 
and Arts Management Professor 
Rebecca Massie Lane teamed up 
to offer a course that fiiUy 
exploited both Sweet Briar's 
campus resources and the 
College's connections with other 
Virginia-based historical excava- 
tion sites and exhibits. 

The four-week program, 
"From Pasture to Pedestal: 
Understanding and Interpreting 
the Past Through Archaeology 

Katherlne Schupp '94 

and Museums," included excavat- 
ing sites at Sweet Briar, 
Jamestown, and Colonial 
Williamsburg; examining 
African-American material cul- 
ture; experiencing interactive 
museum exhibits and costumed 
interpretations; and going behind 
the scenes into conservation lab- 
oratories and museum storage 

Between lectures, readings, 
and excavations, students traveled 
to the Smithsonian Institution 
and the Smithsonian Museum 
Support Center, the National 
Gallery of Art, Monticello, the 
Holocaust Museum, the Booker 
T Washington National 
Monument, and the Virginia 
Museum of Fine Arts. 

For Lys Burdette '01 from 
South Carolina, who is working 
on a proposal for a self-design 
major, the program provided a 
welcome opportunity to remain 
at Sweet Briar and take an addi- 
tional class, while leaving her 
ample time to return home to a 
summer job. For Meredith Taylor 
'01 and Beck}' Cefaratti '02, 
"Pasture to Pedestal" was just a 
warm-up. Instead of heading 

home for the summer, the two 
flew to the Republic of 
Kazakhstan to join SBC 
Professor Claudia Chang's Iron 
Age excavation in Central Asia. 

A World of 

Meredith Taylor '01, a psy- 
chology major and archaeology 
minor from Maine, worked at 
the College's Pannell gallery as a 
museum guard her first year at 
Sweet Briar. She also took on a 
few projects for professor and 
galleries director, Rebecca Massie 
Lane, which led to a promotion. 
During 1998-99, Meredith 
worked as a student assistant and 
liaison for the Sweet Briar 
Friends of Art. Next year, she 
will go on the Friends of Art 
Board and work for anthropology 
professor and Honors Program 
director, Amber Moncure. 

Last semester, in addition to 
her job and classes, Meredith 
applied for a National Science 
Foundation (NSF) grant to join 
Professor Claudia Chang's 
archaeological dig in Kazakhstan. 
Meredith and three other stu- 
dents had enrolled in an experi- 
mental web-based anthropology 
course with Professor Chang, 
which took place in cyberspace. 
The class communicated and 
submitted papers via e-mail and 
met once a week for a "real time" 
chat session. During one of those 
sessions, Professor Chang indi- 
cated that she had two summer 
positions available for undergrad- 
uate researchers, it anyone in the 
class wanted to apply through the 
SBC Honors Program and the 

First-year student Becky 
Cefaratti, a classics major and 
archaeology minor from 
Maryland, got to know Meredith 
through Professor Chang's 
course. After Meredith had made 
up her mind to write an NSF 
grant proposal, she turned 

around and talked Becky into 
joining her. They started the 
process in January 1999 and were 
approved four months later in 

For Becky, the experience ot 
interviewing and writing a pro- 
posal for undergraduate research 
was an eye-opener. "I knew 
Sweet Briar was a fu-st-rate insti- 
tution," she says, "but it continues 
to surprise me. There I was — just 
a freshman — submitting a pro- 
posal to the NSF on the phy- 
tolith analysis I intended to do as 
a student on an Iron- Age dig in 
Kazakhstan. Talk about crunch 
time! I was carrying 20 credits 
last semester and Meredith was 
involved in a big experimental 
psych project. Both of us rolled 
out of spring semester classes 
into Tasture to Pedestal' field 
school. Then, we're going oft to 
work with Professor Chang. It is 
an amazing opportunit)'. This is 
something I thought only gradu- 
ate students got to do." 

Meeting Katherine 
Schupp '94 Along 
The Way 

As a former student of 
Professors Lane and Chang, 
Katherine Schupp '94 was not 
surprised to hear about Meredith 
and Becky's amazing undergrad- 
uate experiences. Nor was she 
surprised to see "Pasture to 
Pedestal" students arrive in 
Colonial Williamsburg, where 
she was working as a field tech- 
nician and teacher. 

Katherine was a double major 
in anthropolog)' and art history 
who decided in the middle of her 
junior year to get an arts man- 
agement certificate as well. "It 
was intense, says Katherine. "I 
started late in the game, but it 
was worth all the extra work." 

After completing the required 
series of courses, Katherine 
worked with Professors Lane and 

Chang, designing an arts man- 
agement practicum that drew on 
her anthropology and art history 
background. Beginning by inter- 
preting photographs of Virginia 
Indians in the Sweet Briar collec- 
tion, Katherine gradually devel- 
oped a fall-blown exhibition for 
elementary school children that 
included a stone tool exhibit, a 
live Native American dance 
assembly, gallery talks, and 
hands-on art projects. 

"Professor Lane made me 
responsible for everything," says 
Katherine. "I framed and 
installed the photographs and 
wrote the press releases. I devel- 
oped an art project for kids, 
teaching them how to make and 
decorate Native American-style 
clay bowls. I created a gallery 
guide for teachers in the schools 
to use when I was not there. I 
organized a dance assembly. In 
short, I encountered just about 
everything involved in museum 
work, including dealing vnth 
budgets. Professor Lane and 
Professor Hosteder in economics 
really drive home the business 
and accounting side of arts man- 
agement, which is so essential. It 
really gave me an edge." 

Two days after graduation in 
1994, Katherine started work at 
WHERE magazine in New 
Orleans. She had been editing 
yearbooks since high school and 
thought she would enjoy working 
on a travel publication. But a few 
months into the job, she noticed 
an ad for a position at Tulane 
Universir\''s historic Gallier 
House Museum. 

"It was an ad for a curator ot 
education," says Katherine. "I 
applied, interviewed, and got the 
job. My age was a concern — I 
had to manage people who were 
older than I — but I was quaUfied; 
I had my portfolio trom Sweet 
Briar and the director had faith 
in me." 

At the Gallier House, 
Katherine developed, imple- 

mented, and marketed programs 
for 4,000 schoolchildren annual- 
ly. In addition to general "life in 
the 19th century" weekday pro- 
gramming, she started an archae- 
ology' program and instituted 
special weekend and holiday 

In 1996, when Tulane decided 
to sell the Gallier House to 
another non-profit organization, 
Katherine decided it was time to 
begin her graduate studies. She 
went to the College of William 
and Mar}' to get her master's in 
historical archaeology. Her first 
summer, she did fieldwork in the 
Caribbean (and hopes to return). 
Last summer and this summer, 
she was working in William and 
Mary's archaeological conserva- 
tion laboratory and teaching in 
the Colonial Williamsburg 
Foundation's field school. The 
site she is working on, the 
Nassau Street Ordinary, can be 
viewed at <>. 

"I run into Professor Moncure 
from time to time," says 
Katherine, "because we travel in 
some of the same archaeology 
circles. But I missed Professor 
Lane at Reunion, so it was great 
when she brought the Trom 
Pasture to Pedestal' class to 
Williamsburg this summer. 

"Professor Lane and Professor 
Chang not only taught me that I 
could combine my interests and 
talents, they gave me work expe- 
rience doing it in a college set- 
ting. And Carolyn BrazUl in the 
Career Center helped me organ- 
ize and present mv experience to 
the outside world — right down 
to choosing the color of my 
resume paper. 

"There is a camaraderie at 
Sweet Briar that doesn't exist at 
larger institutions. But, at the 
same time, there is a profession- 
alism — a grasp of the demands of 
the working world — that leaves 
students well prepared tor what- 
ever they choose to do." 

—.SBC Summer^ , 


on Capitol Hill 
. Included the 

' "Most Controversial" 

Three Sweet Briar 
students headed to 
Washington, D.C. in 
May to pursue their 
interest in government: 

Christine Bump '00 

spent 13 weeks as a paid intern, 
working for the Clerk of the 
Supreme Court of the United 
States, William Suter. A large 
part of Christine's job consisted 
of answering procedural ques- 
tions about fding petitions and 
briefs. She spoke to and corre- 
sponded with judges, lawyers, cit- 
izens — even prisoners calling 
from jaU to check on their cases. 

"My favorite part of each 
day," says Christine, "was deliver- 
ing petitions and briefs to the 
Justices' Chambers. Throughout 
the summer, I had the opportu- 
nity to see all nine Justices away 
from the bench and out of their 
robes. I have so much respect for 
the Justices — they seemed like 
such majestic figures — it was odd 
to see them as real people." 

In her government classes, 
including Professor Perry's 
"Constitutional Law" course, 
Christine has been examining the 
meaning and impact of Supreme 
Court decisions. Working in the 
Clerk's Office, she had the 
opportunity to learn the proce- 
dural side of cases. "It is a com- 
pletel)' difterent perspective," says 

Christine. "The exposure was 
invaluable, especiallv in prepara- 
tion tor law school." 

Jaclyn Trentacoste '00 

applied for a White House 
internship in the late winter and 
did not receive confirmation untU 
the last few weeks of classes, 
close to final exams. She was 
thrilled to have the position, but 
had no place to live in 
Washington, D.C. and very little 
time left to put something 

Jaclyn dashed to the SBC 
Career Center and flipped 
through files where she found 
Cecilia Albert 12. Cecilia lives 
on Capitol Hill and rents tempo- 
rary living space to students in 
JachTi's position. "The beautiflillv 
decorated and air-conditioned 
apartment proved essential," 
writes Jaclyn, "whUe I braved a 
D.C. heat wave and the most 
controversial internship in the 
nation. For 10 weeks, at the end 
of the day, when most other 
interns returned to their dorm 
rooms, I had a real home waiting 
with someone from Sweet Briar." 

The first day of Jaclyn's 
internship, about 200 interns 
gathered in room 450 of the Old 
Executive Office BuUding for a 
general orientation before head- 
ing oft to their office assign- 
ments. About 10 interns, includ- 
ing Jaclyn, did not receive office 
assignments. Instead, they con- 

tinued the interview process with 
Alison Kolwaite, director of the 
White House Internship 

The next day, Jaclyn contin- 
ued interviewing with Betr\- 
Currie, personal secretarv' within 
the Office of the President, and 
Nancy Henreich, director of 
Oval Office Operations. 
Afterward, Jaclvn and another 
intern were assigned positions 
within the Office of the 
President, working closely with 
the staff" of Presidential Personal 
Correspondence and Oval Office 

Ariana Wolynec- 
Werner '01 

packed an incredible amount 
of experience into her eight 
week internship with 
Congressman Phil EngUsh 

Her office responsibilities 
included acting as interim staff 
assistant and legislative coordina- 
tor; researching legislative issues 
and briefing the legislative direc- 
tor on hearings and biU markups; 
writing extensions of remarks for 
the Congressional Record; assist- 
ing in the training of new per- 
sonnel; drafting responses to con- 
stituent mail; and even giving 
guided tours of the U.S. Capitol. 

Outside ot the oftice, Ariana 
volunteered at the 1999 
Republican Senate-House 
Dinner, where she found Katie 

Christine Bump '00 with Clerk of 
the Supreme Court William Suter 


Jaclyn Trentacoste '00 and Cecilia 
Albert '72 

Ariana Wolynec-Werner '01 with 
Congressman English's chief-of- 
staff, Bob Holste 

Dudman '99 working on finances 
tor the event. She attended the 
Congressional Intern Lecture 
Series, which teamred General 
Colin Powell, Dick Armev and 
Morton Kondrake. Other high- 
lights included the Eagle Forum 
CoOegians 6th Annual 
Leadership Summit, the College 
Republican National Committee 
53rd Biennial Convention, and 
the College Republican 
Federation of Virginia proceed- 

"Next year," Ariana writes, "I 
would love to staff the RNC 
Presidential Convention and 
intern with the RNC for the 
entire summer. Eventually, I wtU 
attend graduate school and later 
become president of the United 



To develop relationships with employers that provide externships; 
internships; part-time; summer; work study; temporary; and pro- 
fessional employment opportunities for current students and grad- 


Work Studv; On-campus employment 
Externships: One-week volunteer experience. Sweet Briar 
College students are matched with an alumna in a student's career 
field of choice and preferred geographic area. Occur during winter 
break, spring break and summer. 

Internships: Longer in duration. May be paid or unpaid. Often 
participate for two semesters during academic year. May be cred- 
it-bearing and often students prefer to engage in a one-to-three 
month summer experience. 
Part-time: Temporary employment which is paid. 
Full-time: Permanent employment which is paid. 
Effective networking opportunities for students and alumnae. 
Satellite Center in Chicago, IL: To begin as a pilot program 
involving alumnae in the Chicago area to expand to Atlanta, 
Dallas, Denver, Miami, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, 
and Washington, D.C. Would also like to identify alumnae in 
England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Scotland and Spain 
(countries where our students study abroad). Alumnae may serve 
as a resource to current students doing externships, internships, 
investigating graduate school programs or seeking employment 
upon graduation. 


Co-Curricular Portfolio: An online transcript of a students non- 
academic involvement over four years, i.e. honors/awards; 
clubs/organizations; leadership experiences; athletic accomplish- 
ments; work study; part-time employment; both on-or off-cam- 
pus; volunteer service, and conferences attended. Beginning in the 
spring semester of her first year at SBC, a )'oung woman will cre- 

ate, via the Career Services Center website, her on-line portfolio, 
which will chronicle her experiences outside the class throughout 
her four years. This document will complement a Sweet Briar 
College graduate s "self-marketing package" which may include a 
resume, cover letter, writing samples, and recommendation letters. 
Career Services website 

On-line Work/Study Handbook: Details policies and procedures 
for on-campus work. 

Virtual Work/Study Job Fair: Students will view available posi- 
tions electronically, apply for on-campus employment, submit 
resume and cover letter, and practice interview skills with prospec- 
tive supervisors prior to being hired. 

Global presence for Sweet Briar College women via Internet: 
Internet linkages provide experiential learning opportunities, 
employment, or graduate study information. 


Students, faculty, staff alumnae, parents of current students, 

employers, and graduate school program representatives. 

Individual counseling 

Testing services and information: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, 

Strong Vocational Inventor^', KeirseyT\pe Indicator, GRE, 


Workshops/seminars/job fairs/graduate school programs 

Career Services Center librar}' resources 

Alumna-in- Residence Program: Opportunit)' for alumnae 

to return to campus to offer insights and career adwce 

to current students. 

Assistance provided by Career Services Center staff 

For further information, contact: 

Sweet Briar College Career Services Center 

P.O. Box AT, Sweet Briar, VA 24595 

Phone: 804-381-6151 

Fax: 804-381-6396 


Director's e-maU: 


Magazine Devoted to the Arts 

I also want to comment about how 
pleased I was with the magazine 
devoted to the arts. As a dance 
major and dance/movement thera- 
pist I absolutely believe in the im- 
portance of art in education. I was 
so excited that I read the issue al- 
most completely immediately! Keep 
up the great work! 
— Connor Kelly 79 

A Plea 

This is a plea not to cut the size 
of class notes. In the last Alum. 
Mag. [Winter '991there were 13 
pages of class notes and 30+ of 
who gave money. The reason that 
the alums give money is because of 
class notes. That is what keeps 
them in touch, revives their memo- 
ries, rekindles friendships and 
makes them part of Sweet Briar no 
matter how many years ago they 
left the VA hills. I would much 
rather read about what people are 
doing than how much they gave. If 
the Development Office wants to 
tout their success, and thank Cod 
they are successful, let them put out 
their own lists and leave the Alum. 
Mag. to the alums. 

Or cut out an article if you 
must, but leave the class notes. That 
is what people read, and not only 
those of their own class. Everyone 
who responds to our plea for news 
deserves to have their news pub- 
lished. If they care enough to write, 
they care enough to support the 
college, both verbally and finan- 
cially. They look first at the class 
notes and then the rest of the mag. 
Some people read only the class 
notes, but they still feel a part of the 
college. I know there are budget 
concerns but lower the grade of 
paper, cut out a picture or two but 
save the class notes. That way 
you'll keep the alumnae. ..Please 
give this some serious thought. 

— Mary Ann Mellen Root '53 

Another Class Notes Plea 

While I'm at it, I really have to 
go on record... the word-limitations 
on class notes are draconian and, 
frankly, impossible. Many... class- 
mates have gone through some im- 
portant, life-changing events in 

recent years, and to reduce their 
achievements and personal strug- 
gles to a few words is heartless. Fur- 
ther, merely listing the names of my 
classmates and two or three words 
for their geographical location takes 
up half the allotted space. So I re- 
ally chafe at the restrictions... and 
sincerely hope that serious consid- 
eration is being given to remedy 
what is a totally unsatisfactory situa- 
tion. It is all the more baffling when 
surveys repeatedly indicate that 
alumnae read the class notes before 
anything else, if indeed they read 
anything else. 

— Debbie Olander '76 

Sweet Briar Graduate 
Changed a Life 

I would love to contact a gradu- 
ate of Sweet Briar who changed my 
life. I only met her for a few min- 
utes more than 30 years ago, but 
that few minutes turned out to be 

I'd come on vacation to London 
in April '69 with nothing but a re- 
turn ticket and a desperate desire 
to stay in England and work 
there...! had no joy finding a job 
and my time was nearly up. On 
what I thought would be one of my 
last nights in the UK, I decided to 
go... to the Royal Ballet because 
Nureyev and Fonteyn were danc- 
ing. I stood in the interminable 
line for tickets I got talking to a girl 
in front of me... a recent Sweet 
Briar graduate... as we chatted, I 
told her how much I wished I 
could get a job and stay in Eng- 

Nothing could be easier, she 
said. All I needed to do was go to 
the American Air Force Base at 
South need for a work 
permit; they paid in dollars; you 
got full Base privileges and. ..she 
knew they were hiring at the mo- 
ment. 1 think she'd just left a tem- 
porary job there, and was returning 
to the States. 

I never saw or spoke to that girl 
again, but the next day I went to 
the Base...! did indeed get hired on 
the spot. That magical stamp was 
put in my passport...! got to stay in 
England... what's more, on that very 
day I met the Englishman who was 

to become my husband. He had 
taken a temporary job on the Base 
that same day. 

I never did go back home. Here 
it is nearly the millennium and I'm 
still in England... That Sweet Briar 
girl gave me a life I'd never have 
had if I hadn't chanced to stand be- 
hind her. ..although my life hasn't 
been perfect, there's never been a 
time when I wished I'd stood one 
place farther back in the line... 

I have two wonderful chil- 
dren. ..My brilliant daughter has a 
first class degree from Oxford; my 
beautiful son is a computer whiz 
engaged to one of my former stu- 
dents. I'm an English teacher in a 
British secondary school and I often 
tell this story to the classes I 
teach. show them how impor- 
tant their actions can be... one per- 
son can change a life so 
dramatically and never even know 
it. (Yes I know it's all very "It's a 
Wonderful Life" but I can't help 
that — it's true)... 

I would really like to thank this 
woman if she's still out there some- 
where; still in touch with the col- 
lege. I'm afraid I don't remember a 
thing about her apart from the fact 
that she'd acquired an English ac- 
cent during her stay so that I was 
talking to her for ages before realis- 
ing that she was a fellow American. 
I think she may have been blond. 
That and the fact that she'd been to 
Sweet Briar — that's all I remem- 
ber. , . 

But if you would consider circu- 
lating this story somewhere... on 
your site or in an Alumni mag, I 
would so like to thank her for all 
she has given me... I'd like to thank 
her for my life... 

Are you a Sweet Briar graduate 
who was in London in 1969?. ..Do 
you remember going to see 
Nureyev and Fonteyn just before 
you had to return home? If so — 
please get in touch. And in the 
meantime, visit my website and 
take a look at the life you gave me. 
— Dee Mcintosh, e-mail 

All that wonderful food 

To: Mr. Tim Pritchett, Executive 
Chef, Dining Services; Mr. Kevin 
Phelps, Director of Dining Services; 
Ms. Nancy Herr, Asst. Director of 
Dining Services 

From; Claire Hughes Knapp '64 
and the entire Class of 1964 

During a post-Reunion chat 
with Nancy Baldwin, I discovered 
that all that wonderful food served 
last weekend was prepared by the 
Sweet Briar Dining Services deparf- 
ment. I was flabbergasted! Our 
whole class was so impressed with 
not only the variety and quality of 
the cuisine but also the presentation 
and the gracious service with which 
it was offered. We were all sure that 
caterers had done the entire week- 
end, because there was one superb 
offering after another In fact, one 
woman from norfhem Virginia was 
lamenting the lack of good straw- 
berries in her area. Another one 
said, "Of course — they're all right 
here!" I think I'm going to have you 
do my grocery shopping for me. 

It is difficult to even imagine 
how hard you and your staff 
worked. I know that on Sunday 
morning we asked someone when 
she had gotten home on Saturday 
night. I think it was around 2:00, 
and she was back at 6:00 Sunday 
morning. I'll bet if any of you saw 
one more strawberry or iced one 
more cow cookie, you would have 
died. But I just wanted you to know 
how much we all enjoyed every- 
thing you did, from the great Sweet 
Briar breakfasts (with eggs done the 
way they're supposed to be done) 
to the Mexican, the Creek, and the 
barbecue! Everything was done su- 
perbly. I'm going to buy a freezer in 
hopes that you'll just send leftovers 
to me. I could eat like a queen for- 

Thanks to each and every one 
of you for the generosity of time, 
grace, and imagination which you 
bestowed upon all of us this past 
weekend. We truly appreciate it as 
the contribution it was to a wonder- 
ful experience. 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Summer/Fall 1999 • 19 


Ann Reed 

Ann L. Reed: Coordinator of 
Career Services 

Ann L. Reed began her duties as co- 
ordinator of career services in the Di- 
vision of Co-Curricular life on |uiy 
19th. Ann has most recently served 
as associate director of admissions at 
Chatham Hall in Chatham, Virginia. 

She earned her B. S. in liberal arts 
and science in 1994, majoring in 
psychology and social services at 
Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, 
and completed her M. S. in higher 
education in 1997 from Florida State 
University in Tallahassee, Florida. 

Linda Shank Sara Catherine Clyburn 

Linda P. Shank: Executive 
Assistant to the President; 
Assistant Secretary of the 
Board of Directors 

Linda P. Shank joined the College 
staff as executive assistant to the pres- 
ident and assistant secretary of the 
Board of Directors on )uly 19th. 

She brings extensive knowledge of 
women's higher education. She re- 
ceived her B. A. in psychology from 
Dickinson College in Pennsylvania, 
an M. S .in counseling from Shippen- 
burg University, a Master's of Busi- 
ness Administration from York 
College in Pennsylvania, and antici- 
pates completion of doctoral work in 
business administration from Nova 
Southeastern University in Florida in 

Before coming to Sweet Briar, Linda 

was the dean of continuing education 
at Wilson College in Pennsylvania, 
where she had formerly served as 
chair of the Department of Business 
and Economics. 

She has extensive expertise in mar- 
keting, continuing education, institu- 
tional research, and assessment. She 
took an active role in Wilson's reac- 
creditation review in 1998. She has 
participated in the College Manage- 
ment Program in the School of Public 
Policy and Management at Carnegie 
Mellon, and the Institute of the Man- 
agement of Lifelong Education at 
Harvard University. 

She will be a member of Sweet 
Briar's senior staff and will oversee 
the Department of Institutional Re- 
search, and will be an integral part of 
our reaccreditation process, strategic 
planning efforts, and other initiatives 
of college-wide importance. In addi- 
tion, Linda will have significant in- 
volvement with the College's Board 
of Directors, including staffing com- 
mittees and coordinating annual 

Linda and husband Bill have three 
adult children: Kirk, Troy, and Sara. 

Sara Catherine Clyburn: Ad- 
missions Counselor 

Sara Catherine Clyburn '99 joined 
the admissions staff this fall as an ad- 
missions counselor. Receiving her 
B.A. in May with a major in history, 
she was active in College Republi- 
cans, theater, dance, Intervarsity 
Christian Fellowship, and served as a 
tour guide for the admissions office, 
and as an orientation tour guide, as- 
sisting prospective students, and 
helping to organize parents weekend. 

During the summer of 1998, she was 

an intern in the admissions office, or- 
ganizing college fairs, assisting with 
open houses, planning travel sched- 
ules, observing interviews, and help- 
ing to develop manuals and 
brochures for prospective students 
and parents. She also did admissions- 
related research for the College. This 
past summer, she worked as an assis- 
tant in the president's office. 

Before entering Sweet Briar, she grad- 
uated from Thomas Sumter Academy 
in Dalzell, South Carolina, where she 
was secretary of the senior class, 
member of the National Honor Soci- 
ety, Anchor Club, FCA, and represen- 
tative to Girls State. 

Recfnt Di:_aths 

1923 Frances Smith 

Mrs. Harold C. Hood 
Date unknown 

1924 Louise C. Spedden 
Mrs. John A. Wright 
January 1, 1999 

1928 Winifred West 

Mrs. Caddis Morriss 
March 25, 1999 

1 928 Dorothy Wyckoff 
Mrs. George E. 
March 6, 1999 

1 929 jean Crowe 
Mrs. S. Lewis 
January 22, 1999 

1929 MaryFaucette 

Mrs. Hugh D. Huffaker, Sr. 
March 26, 1 999 

1930 Nancy Gaines 
Mrs. Gustave jaeger 
January 17, 1999 

1930 Elizabeth Williams 

Mrs. W. Kirk Gilmore 
February 4, 1999 

1931 Matilda lones 

Mrs. John |. Shillington 
February 28, 1999 

1931 Mary "Polly" Swift 

Mrs. Frank E. Calhoun 
February 18, 1999 

1931 Oda Washabaugh 
Mrs. Norman Shenk 
April 23, 1999 

1933 Betty Taylor 

Mrs. Edgar C. Rust, |r. 
March 15, 1999 

1934 Eleanor Cooke 

Mrs. Daniel B. EsteHy 
February 8, 1 999 

1934 Elizabeth Eskridge 
Mrs. Carter Ambler 
April 12, 1999 

1934 Emma Hedges 

Mrs. Samuel S. Clark 
March 14, 1999 

1 935 Mary Banks McPherson 
Mrs. F. Gwyn Harper, jr. 
March 20, 1999 

1935 Marie Schroeder 
Mrs. Leslie H. Packard 
March 28, 1999 

1 936 Dorothy Wood 
Mrs. Dorothy 
March 23, 1999 

1937 Elizabeth Boyce 

Mrs. Peter H. Emmons 
Apnl 12, 1999 

1938 Helen Walton 
Mrs. Henry Andrae 
April 16, 1998 

1939 Clarice Bailey 
Mrs. Charles D. 
May 8, 1999 

1940 Constance Currie 
Mrs. R. Elliot Fleming 
Apnl 2, 1999 

1940 ShiHeyNalley 

Mrs. William A. Irving 
March 16, 1999 

1941 Jean Nehring 

Mrs. M. Alfred Bichsel 
February 14, 1999 

1943 Elizabeth Weems 
Ms. Elizabeth Weems 
March n, 1999 

1944 Nancy Singleton 
Mrs. Bertram C. Payne 
January 9, 1999 

1951 RuthClarkson 

Mrs. Mark H. Costello 
March 3, 1999 

1951 Ada French 

Mrs. lames R. McWane 
April 1999 

1953 Nancy Goldie 
Mrs. Michael H. 
March 10, 1999 

1956 Ella-Prince Tdmmer 
Mrs. Joseph T. Knox 
May 30, 1999 

1959 Catherine B. Guy 
Mrs. William Deas 
October 6, 1998 

1964 Frances Ann Howard 
Mrs. Ann Mock 
Date unknown 

1965 Toni L. Thomas 

Ms. Toni L. Thomas 
December 4, 1998 

1965 Cynthia Topping 
Miss Cynthia B. 
April 5, 1999 

1968 Ruth Prettyman 

Mrs. James C. Irvin 
April 6, 1999 

1 970 Margaret Beverly Lewis 
Mrs. Beverly Eames 
May 24, 1 999 

1973 Susan M. Wilson 

Miss Susan M. Wilson 
March 23, 1998 

1979 Nancy Reed 

Miss Nancy E. Reed 
March 24, 1999 

If you wish to write to a mem- 
ber of the family of someone 
recently deceased, please con- 
tact the Alumnae Office for 
name and address. 

20 • Summer/Fall 1999 

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A. Soffee heavy cotton 1 1 oz. sweatshirt with SBC and crest. 80% cotton/ 20% polyester. 
Ash/green, navy/white, green/white. S.IVl.L.XL $32.95 

B. Cotton Exchange SBC premium-weight sweatshirt. 95% cotton/5% poly, ash/hunter green. 
M.L.XL $41.95 

C. Soffee fleece sweatpants with drawstring and side pockets. SBC with crest, grey/green, 
navy/white, green/white. S, M, L, XL $24.95 

Solid Cherry Westminster Chime MantleClock. $295.00 
Salt Marsh Pottery Sweet Briar Rose dish. 

Small (4") $22.95 

Medium (6") $39.00 
Pewter Jefferson cup with Sweet Briar seal. $17.50 
Pewter 10" tray with Sweet Bnar seal. $64.00 
Sweet Briar tobacco jar. 

Small $60.00 

Medium $85.00 

Large $145.00 

Thanks to the following who modeled the Sweet Briar insignia 
clothing: Jennifer Smith '96, Gretchen Gravley '98, Sarah 
Elkins '99, and Hillary Herlehy '01 . 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Sweet Briar College prints of the following buildings: Anne Gary 
Pannell Center, Benedict, Sweet Briar House, Mary Helen 
Cochran Library, Gray Bell Tower, Sweet Briar Memorial Chapel. 
Artist: Edith Schermerhorn. 

Print, 12.5"x17". $20.00 

Pink and green double matted print with 3-D cut, 15"x20". 


Framed and matted print. $90.00 

Summer/Fall 1999 •21 

A. Hanes longsleeve cotton Beefy T-shirt. Sweet Bnar College Riding, ash/ dark green & red im- 
print front left chest and full back. M,L,XL. $17.95 

Also available — short sleeve in same sizes. $13.95 

B. Chades River water-resistant nylon shell pullover w/ 100% cotton flannel lining, navy w/ dark 
green rugby stripe. Drawstrings on hood and waist. S,IVI,L,XL, $44.95 

A. SBC low-crop baseball cap — VIXEN embroidered on back, 
leather adjustable strap. White w/green & red, dark green w/ 
green & red. $17.95 

B. SBC twill baseball cap. Green with white embroidery, ad- 
justable strap. $16.95 

C. Soffee SBC Polo shirt 100% cotton. Dark green w/ white 
embroidery S,IVI,L,XL. $29.95 

D. Soffe 100% cotton t-shirt with 2-color SBC logo, ash/dark 
green & red, white/dark green & red. M,L,XL $12.95 

E. Cotton Exchange 1 00% cotton pocket t-shirt with red & 
green SBC logo on pocket and full back. Ash/ green & red, 
white/ green & red. S,M,L,XL. $18.95 

F. Cotton Exchange nylon mesh shorts with white SBC logo, 
dark green/ white, navy/ white. S,M,L. $22.95 

Gold charm with green enamel border, (not pictured) 
Gold Filled $38.00 

1 0K Gold $79.95 

HKGold $95.00 

Steding Silver $49.95 

Sweet Briar Signet ring 

1 0K Gold 






Steding Silver 


B. Sweet Briar class ring, natural finish with seal etched in 
stone that matches class colors, (green, blue, purple, black). 

1 0K Gold $250.00 

MKGold $305.00 

ISKGold $385.00 

Sleriing Silver $195.00 

Information required: ring size, year of graduation, 3 initials 
to be engraved inside ring. Allow 6-8 weeks for delivery. 

Sweet Briar class charm, similar to top of ring. Natural finish 
seal etched in stone that matches class colors (green, blue, 
purple, black). 

1 0K Gold $215.00 

MKGold $255.00 

Sterling Silver $135.00 

Information required: year of graduation, 3 initials to be en- 
graved on bacl<. 

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Sweet Briar Seal Needlepoint Kit, 12"x18". $39.95 
Sweet Briar Seal Cross Stitch Kit, 6"x4.25". $15.00 

A. Alumna t-stiirt, 1 00% cotton. Wtiite w/green & black logo. 
M,L,XL. $14.95 

B. Malstrom Tab-T. White with green trim --pinl< and green tab. 
Available in long sleeve and short sleeve. S,IVI,L,XL. 

short sleeve $19.95 
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C. Sweet Briar Rose t-shirt designed by the Class of 1 948 for 
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Sweet Biiar Armchair, black 
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Sweet Briar Director's Chair, 
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A. Sweet Briar "grain" plastic fluted cup, white with green imprint, set of six. $6.00 

B. Coffee nnug, white with four-color seal, $12.95 

C. Pottery coffee mug, dark green trim, $16.50 

D. Coffee mug, green with white seal. Also available: white with green seal, pink with green seal. 
Set of four $22.95 

E. Sweet Briar Pewterex licence frame, $18.00 
F All silk Sweet Briar rose tie, $19.95 

G. Heavyweight canvas tote embroidered Sweet Briar College in green, $22.50 
H. Playing cards, double deck, white & green with gold SBC seal, $13.95 
1. 100% cotton afghan with SBC seal (natural/hunter green). $41.00 

Flute champagne, silkscreened seal, set of four $25.50 

Wine glass, silkscreened seal, set of four $26.95 

Hi Ball or Old Fashion, silkscreened seal, set of four $14.95 

Hi Ball or Old Fashion, etched seal, set of four $35.95 

Glass ice bucket with SBC seal, $20.00 

Beer Stein, etched seal. $14.95 

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Class Notes 


Ruth Will Beckh and Karl celebrated 
their 73rd wedding anniversary 4/99. 
They recently moved into the assisted liv- 
ing wing of their retirement community 
in Williamsburg. 


President and Secretary: Sally Callison 

Let's start on a high note. Evaline Ed- 
mands Thoma of Springfield, IL, is still 
en)oying painting with, she adds, a won- 
dertully friendly class; going to AZ again 
for the month of Feb., and still driving 
her car. Edith Tollefsen lives in Rich- 
mond, VA in her own apartment (not in a 
place for old ladies) and is continuing 
her volunteer work at the hospital. She is 
still driving her car Helen Schaumleffel 
Ferree is also still living in her own 
house in Indianapolis. She is still agile, 
walks daily and meets weekly with a 
group of friends she has been seeing for 
50 years. Virginia Chaffee Gwynn is still 
at Bentley, planning to move into assisted 
living. Her son John died of cancer 9/98. 
She has no children left but has 6 grand- 
children and 8 great-grands and they all 
get together for Xmas near Tampa. 
Gertrude Sigmon sent greetings from her 
home where she lives with a caretaker. 
Flapping along smoothly are Izzy North 
Goodwin and Sue Tucker Yates, both of 
whom sent cheerful messages. Izzy is still 
going strong and enjoying each day at 
Brandonville where she is near her chil- 
dren and great grands. She went to MD 
for Thanksgiving and thankfully stayed 
on her feet. Sue Tucker Yates is also 
grateful for good health and continues to 
be involved in civic and church activities 
in a retirement home in Raleigh, NC. Her 
son lohn is an Episcopal minister in Falls 
Church, VA, her oldest son is a retired 
executive from Belk Stores, another son 
owns a furniture plant and her daughter 
and family live in Charlotte. She has 8 
great grand babies. Ruth Meredith 
Smythe and I missed our annual Torch 
Lake — Sweet Briar bonding last summer 
but hope to make up for it in 1999. She 
writes that she hopes that I, as class sec- 
retary, can report that the mental and 
physical faculties of the 29ers are unim- 
paired. On a serious note she adds "we 
are eternally grateful for 4 years of sound 
learning and happy memories of our 
beloved college." Now if I can find my 
long underwear by June 1st, I'll be going 
on a long anticipated trip to AK. Spring 
in Naples brings forth the annual Sweet 
Briar luncheon which was again held in 
Bonita Bay and hosted by Helen Gwinn 
Wallace '41 who was assisted by Anne 
Borough O'Connor '41 . My trusty driver 
was Maggie Mohlman Degler '54 and 
accompanying us was Mary Ann Freer 
'54. We were treated to an excellent 
video of SBC in action from every angle; 
scholarship, athletic, and social. We 
were also given some intimate views by 

Solina Woodrift, a Sweet Briar freshman 
from Ludington, Ml. Our long time loyal 
classmate and Sweet Briar employee 
Gert Prior died in luly at age 93. We will 
keep her in our memories as a most de- 
voted Briarite and lover of nature. We 
will also hold in memorv our most recent 
losses: Dorothy Bortz Ballantine, Lisa 
Guigon Shinberger and Lee Sidman 
Smith. Now we are 34, keep flapping. 


President: Marjorie Ward Cross 
Secretary: Virginia Squibb Flynn 
Fund Agent: Eleanor Wright Conway 

Pat Ward Cross busy with classes at 
The Univ. of Del. Academy of Life Long 
Learning. Spent Christmas in Winterthur 
with grandchildren. Katherine Scott 
Soles unable to read or paint. Does enjoy 
grandchildren in Texas and PA. Emma 
Knowlton Lytle enjoys hearing from 
Squibby about S.B. She still paints and 
travels. Suzanne Gay Linville and Ted 
look great on their Christmas card with 
their lovely grandchildren. 

I, Squibby, still your class secretary, 
wish to hear from more of you. |im and I 
again did not get to Naples. Travel is not 
easy. So we are happy and secure at 
Evergreen Woods, N. Branford, CT. I 
called Hazel Stamps Collins in Naples. 
She is well and happy. 


Blandina )ones Skilton writes that her 
family — 3 sons, 6 grands and 2 great- 
grands — are all busy and happy Her 
brother had a stroke but is getting along 
fairly well. Blandina is planning to move 
to Bishop Gadsden Retirement Commu- 
nity in Charleston, SC. 


President: )anet MacFarlan Bergmann 
Secretary: Frances Bailey Brooke 

Many thanks to all of you who 
replied so promptly to my SBC postcards. 

We are all saddened by the death of 
five classmates since my last notes. 
Helen Allen Stupp died in May 1997 
and Janet Forbush Fead in July 1998. 
Louise Grace Prince and Llewellyn Grif- 
fith Longstaff also died during the past 
year, and Helen Walton Andrae passed 
away in February Our deepest sympathy 
goes to their families. 

Molly Talcott Dodson writes that 
"Grif" retired in September and they are 
"going steady again" with time spent as 
doting grandparents of assorted ages 25 
to 1 . Traveling keeps Marge Thaden 
Davis busy with trips last year to the 
Panama Canal, Nassau, Lake George and 
Saratoga, plus a fabulous cruise around 
the South Sea Islands. Sue Gibson Dav- 
enport keeps in touch with Molly Dod- 
son and Jo Sutton, sharing reproductions 

of Mickey McGuire Williams' show of 
her paintings in Orange, VA. Pauline 
Womack Swan and George celebrated 
their 61st wedding anniversary and are 
still commuting between Higgins Lake, 
Ml in the summer to N. Palm Beach, FL 
in the winter. They recently welcomed 
their 5th great-grandchild. A note from 
Barbara Ferguson Hill says she sees 
Mary Ann House! Carr who lives nearby 
on Cape Cod and Connie Currie Fleming 
in Stuart, FL. Fergie is still playing tennis 
and golf and otherwise keeping fit. 

It was great to hear from Vesta Mur- 
ray Haselden who says Eddie is 91 and 
still quail shooting and enjoying life after 
two serious operations. They spend time 
at Wild Dunes, SC and in the mountains. 
They have teenage and grown grandchil- 
dren, but so far no great-grands. Mar- 
garet Weimer Shepherd spent Christmas 
having completely unexpected heart by- 
pass surgery, but she is recuperating well 
in their new/old apartment on the river 
Janie says it's very convenient for old- 

Sad news from Bis Lockett Lord that 
Roger died last June 30 after a bnef ill- 
ness and a marriage of 58 years. Our 
deepest sympathy to Bis and her family. 

Ida Todman Pierce finds retirement 
living busier than before. She enjoys trav- 
eling — AK last August and later a cruise 
following the Lewis and Clark Expedi- 
tion. Bo and Billy Heizer Hickenlooper 
spent three weeks in London and Scot- 
land last June (their 1 2th trip to London!). 
They must have set a class record with 5 
great-granddaughters and a "Whopper of 
a boy!" They will spend six weeks in 
Sanibel after Christmas getting away from 
two weeks of solid ice and snow in 
Cincinnati. She sees Dottie Mather Goy- 
ert often. A long note from Emma Glass 
Beasley says she is living in her family 
home "Westwood," built in 1836, in 
Uniontown, AL. She is restoring the 
house and grounds. Both her daughters 
and grandson spent Christmas with her 
Daughter Mary plans to sell her com- 
pany in Houston and live with Emma. 

It was good to have news from Sarah 
Tomlinson Foscue, She and Jimmie are 
doing well — he is 89 and keeps a secre- 
tary busy three mornings a week! Maud 
Tucker Drane plans to check on Mar- 
garet Weimer Shepherd when she goes 
to Hilton Head in March. Their children 
and grandchildren will join them for a 
week. She and Hardy are busy with 
church and civic activities and family re- 
unions — 110 Tuckers last July in Charles 
Town, WV! They especially enjoy river 
cruises, having taken one on the Danube 
and Elbe; next the Rhine in Sept. Isabelle 
Franke DeGraafs first granddaughter was 
married in August and she plans to at- 
tend college graduations for two grand- 
children in May and a h.s. graduation in 
June. It was good news to hear that Jan- 
ice Wiley Adams spends time in Char- 
lottesville with two daughters and their 
families. Do hope she will include Lex- 
ington on her trips to the Briar Patch, 
lanice is in close touch with Kate 
Sulzberger Levi and also with Nora Stael 
Evert, our dancing instructor of yore, 
now 94! How can we forget those black 

leotards? Betty Hopper Turner saw 
Sammy Hamilton Schuck and Connie 
while visiting her son in CA. Dottie 
Gilbert Browne called during her stay 
and they all spoke of dear classmate 
friends who have died during the past 

Janet MacFarlan Bergmann's hus- 
band Carl is very limited in his activities, 
but she remains busy with library and 
church work. They look forward to luly 
when they go to the Cape and have visits 
from at least three of their four children. 
Big news from Macky Fuller Kellogg, 
who married her brother-in-law, Stanley 
Kellogg, a year ago. They are living in 
New Ipswich, NH. Among their interests 
are traveling, tennis, bridge, walking and 
reading — keeping them very busy. Macky 
has 12 grandchildren and a new great- 
granddaughter. Shirley Haywood Alexan- 
der has moved into a retirement cottage 
in Raleigh, and, in spite of two hip re- 
placements, keeps traveling and playing 
bridge. Her grandson, Haywood, is a 
freshman at UNC-Chapel Hill. George 
and I enjoy traveling and during the past 
year spent a week in Burgundy, took a 
North Cape cruise in July and the Wash- 
ington & Lee 250th Anniversary Cruise in 
August. I also took our daughter Marion 
on the Garden Club of Virginia tour of 
English Homes and Gardens and cele- 
brated my 81st birthday dining on the 
Thames! Our granddaughter Catherine 
and great-granddaughter Emily (3) have 
moved to Lexington. It's a joy to have 
them close by. 

Our 60th Reunion didn't turn out as 
we had hoped, but let's all make plans, 
take care of ourselves and organize for 
our 65th in 2003! 


President: Anita Lippitt Clay 
Secretary: Phyllis Tenney Dowd 
Fund Agent: Betty Farinholt Cockrill 

Thanks to all who sent news. Casting 
a shadow on it, however is hearing of 
the loss of friends. We extend sincere 
sympathy to the families of the following: 
Nancy Singleton Payne, who died 
1/9/99, Marjorie Woods Williamson, 
who died 1/15/98, Beverly Holleman 
Richard, who died 9/18/98, Mary 
Churchill Walker Van de Water, who 
died 4/1 7/98, and Persis Ladd Herold 
who died 4/11/98. Their names will be 
read during the Alumnae Memorial Ser- 
vice at our May reunion. 

Paul Hunter wrote that his wife, 
Carol Myers Hunter, will not attend re- 
union since she is still suffering effects of 
her serious accident during our 50th re- 
union as well as heart problems. She 
sends to all her best wishes. Muriel 
Abrash Shapiro had a bad fall 2/98, 
breaking her pelvis, and was unable to 
walk for 3 months. Pool therapy has 
brought full recovery. She and Irwin cele- 
brated their 25th 8/98 with a family re- 
union at Va. Beach. Emily Ann Wilkins 
Mason, husband, Tom, daughter Martha, 
son-in-law, Joe, and grandson, Luke vis- 
ited Ireland, Wales and London last year 

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with joe driving all 1800 miles. Joe still 
enjoys his work on the SBC library staff. 
Em and Tom met Anne Woods Guzzardi 
and Walter at SBC 10/98. The Guzzardis 
have moved to Charlottesville. Sally An- 
derson Bowley had angioplasty 5/98 
which turned into a second open heart 
surgery. She hopes '99 will be better and 
she can get to reunion. Pat Whitaker 
Waters hopes the same as does Cather- 
ine Tift Porter; they plan to bunk to- 
gether. Pat enjoyed a telephone chat with 
Marlon Saunders Montgomery. Tee plans 
a 2-vveek trip to China and Singapore 
6/99 with Alice Johnson Fessenden. 
Frances Longino Schroder sent a great 
picture ot Alice, Betsy Bryant Robb, and 
herself on Bald Head Island, NC 7/98.. 
They were joined by Tee and jimmy 
Porter; all had a great time. Longe went 
to Germany with daughter, Beth, 11/98. 
Recently she visited another daughter, 
Anne, who has moved to Chapel Hill. 
Betty Williams ("Fence") Cookin and 
Richard enjoy the pool and poolhouse 
they built in summer of '98. Their oldest 
grandson, Michael, graduates from UVa 
5/99. At a Dec. tea-dance they gave for 
their debutante granddaughter, Anne 
Berkeley, 1 5 slept over at "The Oaks". 
Marion Shanley Jacobs looks forward to 
reunion. She moved to a townhouse 
condo last year "surrounded by friends, 
woods, deer and fox — and no outside 
maintenance" After a cruise and land trip 
to AK in summer,'98, she plans a Feb. 
trip to the Island of Nevis. June Eisenberg 
Gurnick's life in Encino, CA is busy: 
counseling senior citizens at Glendale 
Memorial Hospital twice weekly, work- 
ing out daily, and traveling to Europe 
several times a year with husband, Louis. 
They take pride in 5 grandchildren and 5 

Helen "Gravy" Watt has a new 
grandson, Jacob Siegel Wilson, born in 
japan to daughter, Phyllis Watt Wilson, 
SBC '80 whose husband, Brian, is serv- 
ing with the U.S. Navy. Helen and Bill 
planned an April tnp to visit Phyllis, tod- 
dler Miranda, and her new sibling while 
Brian is on sea duty. They expect to be 
busy! They also had a trip in summer, 
'98 cruising from London to Barcelona, 
stopping in France and Portugal. Kay 
Mensing Teitgen and Ralph love their 
new condo in FL. He recovered very 
well from surgery 8/98, and they enjoyed 
a family reunion at Christmas. Big news 
from Janet Staples Munt is that, having 
won election to the VT State Senate, she 
is serving on the 2 committees she asked 
for where she hopes to influence posi- 
tively programs for children and families. 
"A kind of dream come true," it finds her 
prepared for hard work in Montpelier 4 
days (3 nights) a week. We wish all suc- 
cess to our class legislator and hope the 
session ends before reunion so we can 
congratulate her in person. Gene Patton 
Odell is happy about the move of Lauren 
MacMannis Huyen, SBC '79, and her 5 
children to Concord, MA within 10 miles 
of Gene and Don in Bedford, "another 
dream come true". Another joy is their 
community where Gene chairs the li- 
brary committee and finds the neighbors 
and courses "like a permanent Elderhos- 
tel"! Helen Cantey Woodbridge and 
West regret they'll miss reunion while 
traveling to England and a family reunion 
in Germany. Helen intends to catch up 
on all news when she sees reunion atten- 
dees, Sydney Holmes Bales and Louise 
Smith Barry in L.I. later. The Wood- 

bridges love living in Charleston where, 
as Senior Scholars at The Citadel, they 
take advantage of interesting lectures. 
Herb and I lunched with Margaret Eg- 
gers Perry and Ray in late Nov. and were 
driven around Mercer Island and Seattle 
in great style. Marge will miss reunion 
but keeps in touch with many friends. 
Jean Blanton Murphy does plan on re- 
union just before a long anticipated trip 
to Spain and Portugal. Louise Konsberg 
Noll announced the birth of a great- 
granddaughter, Sarah Elizabeth, 10/98. 
Elizabeth Vaughan Bishop looked for- 
ward to the GCA annual meeting in N| in 
May and seeing the nominee of her gar- 
den club in San Antonio,TX, their re- 
search director, win a medal. Margy 
Brendlinger Robinson and Walt cele- 
brated their 5oth in '98 with a cruise 
through the Panama Canal and a Thanks- 
giving weekend in Pinehurst, NC hosted 
by all their children. Anita Lippitt Clay 
keeps busy with her musical group, "The 
Crabettes", performing in 10 "gigs" in 
Dec. and the Senior Women's Beauty 
Contest in Feb. She had seen Peggy Gor- 
don Seiler and Bob in Savannah, GA last 
fall. Just before Christmas, Peggy under- 
went surgery, putting a real crimp in the 
holidays. She is making a good recovery 
and expected to complete treatment by 
March. She had thoroughly enjoyed the 
visit of all their children, spouses and 
grandchildren over Thanksgiving week. 
Their 4th grandchild, Lucy Aurelia Brock, 
was born in luly to daughter, Margaret. 

Murrell Rickards Chadsey continues 
to enjoy her home in Norfolk, VA, as 
well as her summer home in VT. She vis- 
ited Santa Fe, NM last fall and planned a 
trip to Costa Rica 3/99. Alice Lancaster 
Buck and Pete, in addition to church ac- 
tivities, had many interesting trips and 
visits: FL, CO, to attend graduation at the 
Air Force Academy with their grandson, 
Ben Harrison; also to CA, MA, CT, NJ, 
and PA. Their big trip was a cruise to 
Turkey, Greece and Israel with 3 memo- 
rable days touring Israel. They continue 
to enjoy their home in Marshall, VA near 
so many family members. Paulett Long 
Taggart and Ganson maintain good 
health and interests in their church, 
many friends and travel. They visited 
NC, FL, ME, CA, NH and NY, and had 
memorable celebrations of their birth- 
days. They attended the annual open 
house of Joanne Holbrook Patton, (SBC 
'52) and General George Patton at Green 
Meadows Farm in Hamilton, MA and the 
receptions of Fay Martin Chandler (SBC 
'43) and Al, and Bonnie Lloyd Crane 
(SBC '50). They enjoyed the Boston Sym- 
phony series and the Museum of Fine 
Arts, especially the Monet show. Betty 
Farinholt Cockrill looked forward to re- 
union, along with |im, and expressed 
gratitude for "a good life, good health 
and much happiness." 

Norma ("Brad") Arnold wrote from 
FL that she had just returned from a 2 
week tour of the Mediterranean with her 
daughter. She is still "doing Bed and 
Breakfast" in KY but hopes to get to re- 
union and see everyone. Anne Moore 
Remington cruised the Mexican Riviera 
and had an Elderhostel week in Tiburon. 
She loves her new retirement community 
and still works 3 days a week at the 
travel agency. She wrote that Jane Rice 
McPherson had a recent trip to HI. Sally 
Skinner Behnke returned from a trip 
around Atrica. She regrets having to miss 
reunion but hopes we have a good 

turnout. So do I! Herb and I celebrated 
our half-century mark in summer '98 
with a 3 week trip to England, Wales and 
Scotland — exhausting but worth it! This 
will be my last stint as your secretary, a 
job I've really enjoyed because I felt in 
closer touch. Thank you all, Phyl. 


President: Ginger Barron Summer 
Class Secretary: Carol Blanton McCord 
Fund Agents: Shirley Levis Johnson, 
Meredith Slane Person 

Our class is on the move! In 8/99 
Jean Old and Shirley Levis Johnson head 
for Namibia "to see the elephants slide 
down the sand dunes, only there aren't 
any elephants," quoth jean. Peggy 
Robertson Christian and Stuart and 
daughter Weezie had a wonderful trip to 
Capetown and Zimbabwe and went on a 
safari 3/98. Peggy's oldest grandson is a 
freshman at UVa. His mother is Robin 
Ryan SBC '74. Kay Weisiger Osborne's 
highlight was the SBC 50th Anniversary 
trip recognizing junior Year in France 
with other former participants on the QE 
2. Margaret Munnerlyn Haverty, daugh- 
ter jane and grandson leffrey will revisit 
England 4/99. jane and her family lived 
there for years and Munn attended Ox- 
ford U after graduation from SBC in '47. 
Then in October, Munn and Rawson will 
cruise the Danube, then fly over to Istan- 
bul. Munn's 1 2 adorable grandchildren 
(Atlanta, Ponte Vedra, and NYC) occupy 
much of her time. In summer of '98 
Aimee Des Pland McGirt toured China 
for three weeks. She still teaches part 
time at the local community college. 
Sara Ann McMullen Lindsey toured AK, 
attended Doug's WW2 reunion and cele- 
brated their 50th wedding anniversary 
with 350 friends and family from 10 
states. She is a Regent at Gunston Hall 
and has taught a course on Researching 
Old Houses — all this and a broken leg, 
too! In 9/98 Meredith Slane Person took 
a trip down the Rhine River, playing golf 
4 times. She spends six months a year in 
Palm Beach, loves it. When at 
Chatauqua last summer she saw Sue Van 
Cleve Rhiel. The Rhiel's and Carr's (Emily 
Schubert had cruised the Mississippi the 
previous March. In Nov. Sue and Bud 
saw Ann Colston Leonard at the 
Nicholas and Alexandra exhibition in 
Wilmington, DE. Ann's middle son, 
David and his bride are both pnmary 
care physicians, were off to Ethiopia for a 
year and a half to establish a medical 
clinic in a remote area. Ann writes also 
that she is still potting and playing tennis. 
Ashley Hudgins Rice is looking foru-ard 
to spring '99 when she will take her 3 
children to Holland on a William and 
Mary sponsored trip. She visited Jane 
Arthur Etheridge Hamlin in fall of '98. 
lane Arthur has a grandaughter who is a 
sophomore at Bryn Mawr and on the 
swim team. One of lane Arthur's sons 
lives in NY and another in Boston; she 
spent Thanksgiving with one, Christmas 
with the other. Nan Hart Stone and Billy 
cruised to Israel, Turkey and Greece in 
Feb. and also attended an Elderhostel in 
AZ where youngest son, Sheridan lives. 
In spring of '99 Liz Ripley Davy and her 
sister in law will cruise New Orleans- 
Memphis in time for Natchez Garden 
Week. Ann Marshall Whitley and her 
daughter, Libby (SBC '75l also journeyed 

down the Mississippi 11/98. 

Two of our classmates died in '98 
Ann Burkhardt Block and Emily Schuber 
Carr. Em's brother jack, husband of Pat 
Hassler Schuber died 9/98 and Alex 
Marcoglou Tully's husband died 6/98. 

Linda McCoy Stewart's still living 
happily in the swamps of Nj, not too far 
from NYC where husband jack, now re- 
tired, worked as an editor of the New 
York Times for 35 years. She still writes 
free-lance travel articles and enjoys their 
12 grandchildren. From Houston Martha 
Ann "Mopsy" Francis Burrows wrote ex- 
citedly of the coming marriage of Mary 
Lib Vick Thornhill's son Gabe to a close 
fnend's daughter, Susie Clevenger. Mopsy 
is the Godmother to both bride and 
groom! Julia Holt Coyle had a great 
three weeks in Scotland and London 
with daughter Julia in spring of '98. 
Daughter Isobel has moved to Cleveland. 
Unfortunately lulia's brother died of can- 
cer at 58 years old. Although less active 
now, Jackie Stillwell Clarke still finds 
time to do telephone counseling. She 
finds that liberal arts education has 
proved to be a continuing blessing in her 
two reading groups. I too have found this 
to be true when taking courses in cre- 
ative writing. Last two years I attended 
the Renaissance Institute, an arm of El- 
derhostel at Notre Dame College, MD. I 
am writing poems again finding it all 
stimulating. We still spend summers in 
NH and one winter month in Sanibel, FL. 
Maria Tucker Bowerfind's oldest grand- 
son is a freshman at St. John's College in 
Annapolis, her youngest grand to be 
born 6/99. Her youngest son. Bill was 
married last year, is a third year resident 
at Johns Hopkins. Her eldest son Peter 
and daughter Jane are also physicians. 
Maria is getting a new knee. Watch for a 
new book coming out in Spring '99 by 
Gina Walker Christian's daughter Vir- 
ginia Beach Christian, entitled Medtord 
Plantation. It describes a 7000-acre plan- 
tation on the Cooper River with an ease- 
ment on all the land and wildlife 
sanctuary. Published in Chadeston, SC 
with lots of pictures. Had a note from 
Gloria Gamble Jones who in 2/98 
moved to Willow Valley, a PA retirement 
community, after her husband Jack died. 
She has made many new friends, enjoys 
golf and bowling, and is taking classes in 
mythology and "The world of Jane 
Austen and the Brontes in Lancaster." 
Mary Stu McGuire Gilliam saw a photo 
of Frankie Gardner in the new W&L an- 
niversary book. Come Cheer, illustrating 
what fun W&L boys had at SBC; assum- 
ing that they still do, could that be called 
continuing education?! 


President: Mary Waller Berkeley 


Secretary: Lola Steele Shepherd 

Fund Agent: Mary Morris Gamble Booth 

Are you ready to land on "Co"? Our 
50th reunion coincides with the Y2K. 
Our president, Mary Waller Berkeley 
Fergusson, suggests any face lifts, tummy 
tucks, etc. be done now. Please look 
through those treasured scrapbooks for 
pictures of "Roses in Bloom," the Senior 
play, and send to Sally Bianchi Foster or 
Mim Wyse Linsky whose creative juices 
are stirring. 

It was the year of the big 70. Sally 

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celebrated with her tamily in her home 
of 41 yrs., then packed to move to a 
house in Crane's Mill, N|, a continuing 
care facility. Their former neighbors 
moved in nearby Bill Bailey Fritzlnger 
took 1 5 of the lamily to DC to do the 
sights. Edith Brooke Robertson changed 
her birthday to August in Va. Beach so 
the whole family could come. So did the 
hurricane! Slokie Kyle Kimple stayed in 
her Land of Enchantment, pleased with 
her grandchildren-all "A" students. Bar- 
bara Favill Marshall and Irv turn 70, 
have a 50th reunion at Dartmouth and a 
family trip to AK planned. Bev Benson 
Seamans celebrated in Italy. Her second 
visit in a year. The first was the crossbow 
competition. Bev wrote en route to New 
Zealand. Last year, they sailed the Med 
from lordan to Lisbon. Her sculpture pro- 
lect IS a 6 ft. crane. Dottie Barney 
Hoover has taken up line dancing in 
Hilton Head, SC which with tennis keeps 
her in shape to chase behind 3 grand- 
children. Other children are in CT. Al- 
ready has gone to her SOth reunion at 
Bradford College. 

Retirement means TRAVEL. Pat Hal- 
loran Salvador! will stay put in IL as long 
as she gets on a plane. Her broken foot 
didn't scrub a family Mexican vacation. 
Before that, London and Italy. Next, 
Spain on a pilgrimage to Santiago de 
Compostela, down the Dneiper to the 
Black Sea and maybe St. Petersburg 
thrown in. Pat Owens Purvis spent 7 
weeks in the LJK last summer with her 
family and returned in Oct. On to NC 
and VA researching genealogy and taking 
sentimental journeys to familiar places, 
W&L and the SAE house. Margaret Lewis 
Furse visits London each year for the the- 
atre and makes frequent trips to NYC to 
see her daughter and grandchildren. One 
of the two book clubs Margaret belongs 
to could read Ann Belser Asher's finished 
as yet unpublished fictionalized history 
of the lames River Ann and Norm plan a 
Spring visit to Rome. Summer is always 
Nantucket. Susan Tucker Yankee and 
Dick went to the opera in Italy and NYC. 
More travel for family visits in Corpus 
Christi and Savannah, and to VA where 
Dick helped plan his SOth W&L reunion. 
Kay Leroy Wing went on the QEII as, of 
course, did Mary Morris Gamble Booth 
for the Ir. Yr. in France reunion. Kay 
spends winter in Naples, FL. Summer in 
Ml where Mary Virginia Roberts popped 
in from St. Louis lean Probeck VViant 
and Dick also were in France. Visited 
Omaha Beach, Normandy and were re- 
trieved from the Metro by kindly friends, 
lean remains the active volunteer with 
church, Board of the Cleveland Institute 
of Music, Garden Club and Children's 
Guild. The most frequent of the frequent 
travelers must be B.C. Elmore Gilleland 
and Guy They hoped to meet Bonnie 
Loyd Crane in India. Last year, it was 
Turkey. Visits to France are a "must." 
B.G. is in 2 French conversation groups 
and has 7 French pen pals. Diana Dent 
wanted her to go to Dartmouth to study 
French while Diana studied Spanish. 

Snowbirds arriving in Florida for the 
winter months are Mim Wyse Linsky, 
Nancy Drake Maggard, and Debbie 
Freeman Cooper. Mim and Link retired 
to the golf and tennis courts of Veto 
Beach where they can also see the 
grandchildren. Mim's daughter is execu- 
tive director for the SWNJ affiliate of the 
American Diabetes Assn. Son Ned works 
with telephones, and another son and 

daughter work with CH 1 3 in Portland, 
ME. Judy Campbell Campbell usually 
visits Veto Beach while Mim is there. 
Add Debbie who is returning to the 
courts after her bout with bone cancer 
Debbie's youngest son, a confirmed 
bachelor, "finally" wed in Winter Park. 
Nancy escapes to their Lake Wales 
home. Their daughter, Mary, is a "travel- 
ing" canon to the Bishop of Pittsburgh. 

Betsey Sawyer Hodges is building a 
summer retreat from Florida heat in 
Spruce Pine, NC. She and Allen are "re- 
cycled," busier than ever Advocates for 
those with mental illness, support groups, 
education and one-on-one contacts. 
Allen is on the vestry. Betsey is a Stephen 
minister following 6 yrs. of Bible study 
fellowship, an in-depth study of the 
"Word." jane Lewis Zollicoffer also 
works with her church in Henderson, 
NC. Her eldest daughter, lennie was wed 
and lives in Bayboro, NC. Son, Allison, 
now works for Harriet Henderson Yarns 
in Durham. Rita Murray Gourd's report 
will have to wait until our SOth for verifi- 
cation. All you need know is her library 
card is valid, utilities operate and the 
Pulitzer still may call. Louise Moore re- 
tired from her law practice and is serving 
for the second time on the Lexington, VA 
city council. Ann Green Pagel's husband 
continues to consult in ceramic engineer- 
ing. Ann paints and travels. Two daugh- 
ters are in medicine. One interning and 
another naturopathic doctor Two other 
daughters are working in Charlotte, NC. 

The big Mama award may go to 
Dolly Clarke Rasmussen who had 1 3 
family members sleeping in their house 
at Christmas and 4 more for dinner She 
and |ohn were given a surprise birthday 
party and left for Florida where Dolly 
can once again play tennis, golf and 
dance on her new knee. Both are active 
in politics. Sally Lane Johnson ties for the 
Big Mama award. She and Walter split 
their time between DC where all the 
grandchildren live and Rehobeth Beach. 
Her grandchildren are excellent athletes 
(and students, we are sure) which causes 
Sally to wonder about genetics. 

Fortunate is Betty Todd Landen. Both 
daughters and their families live nearby. 
She and lake can watch the grandchil- 
dren grow. Kata Edwards Grain doesn't 
just watch. Her 4 yr old grandson in 
Dallas is to be her computer guru for the 


President: Dale Hotter Harris 
Secretary: Mary Ann Mellen Root 
Fund Agents: Mary Kimball Crier 
Eleanor Johnson Ashby 

Nan O'Keefe is right, this is a fun 
job. Love all that mail! Nan (Houston, 
TX) is still working part-time, traveling 
(FL in the spring, NY in the fall), and en- 
tertaining visiting firemen Pike Edie Nor- 
man Wombwell and George (Aspen, CO 
and Louisville, KY). The Wombwell's 
middle son. Van, was married recently 
and lives in Houston. Their youngest, 
Andy, produces CD's for Rhino Records 
in Los Angeles. David holds the family to 
their Louisville roots with 3 adorable, ac- 
tive children. Edie and George are 
spending more and more time in Aspen: 
hiking, camping, volunteering in county 
gov't., at the music festival, the hospital, 
Aspen Chapel, etc. Another Houstonite, 

Gloria Rawls Askew, reports that her 
daughter, Allyson, was voted "Top Pedi- 
atric Surgeon" by fellow surgeons in the 
D.C. area. Quite ^n honor! 

Ann Leonard Hodges (Ft. Worth, TX) 
is busy with her 3 children and 6 grand- 
children. In Feb. Ann and Leiand went to 
Hong Kong, China and Japan. Ann is an 
orchid grower and hopes to pick up tips 
at the Chelsea Flower Show in May. Cin- 
nie Moorhead McNair (San Antonio, TX) 
reports that Norm still hasn't retired, but 
has cut back a little. Their 3 sons and 8 
grandchildren live nearby. Betty Boone 
Lewis and Hal (Las Vegas, NV) have fa 
children (a lawyer, a V.R at Warner Bros. 
TV Productions, an operations mgr. for a 
jewelry firm, a wedding coordinator for 
Caesar's Palace where hundreds of wed- 
dings take place each year, a landscape 
architect, and a teacher! and 7 grandchil- 
dren. Betty and Hal love living in the 
"Entertainment Capital of the World." 

Anne "Kim" Green Stone and John 
(Gardnerville, NV) built an indoor riding 
arena to otter horse training year-round. 
The response was overwhelming and 
they were full a week after they opened. 
They had two marvelous trips to England 
with a side trip to St. Andrews where 
Kim spent her |r Yr. Abroad. Kay Ven- 
nard Leblanc is no longer on the "lost" 
list. She surfaced in Kansas City, MO 
where she just retired from teaching 
Amer & Brit. Lit. for 30 yrs. (She says she 
owes it all to Littlejohn who taught her to 
analyze poetry.) Kay now enjoys volun- 
teer work, tutoring, and traveling with 
Joseph. Ginger Timmons Ludwick and 
Dave (LA, CA) sent a lovely picture of 
daughter Leslie's (SBC '80) Valentine's 
Day wedding. Kirk Tucker Clarkson and 
lack (Norfolk, VA) visited them recently 
and were treated to tours of the new 
Getty Museum, and all around LaLa 
land. The Clarksons took a 3-week trip to 
India in |an. Ginny Dunlap Shelton and 
Tom (Atlanta, GA) were supposed to go 
with them, but Ginny broke both elbows 
and another arm bone so they had to 
cancel. However, the Sheltons did get to 
celebrate at the Peach Bowl (LJ.VA vs. 
U.GA) with Polly Sloan Shoemaker and 

Nancy McGinnis Whitehead will be 
moving this summer from Escondido, CA 
to Brevard, NC bringing her 14-yr old 
grandson with her. I think her total of 16 
grandchildren (biological, step and surro- 
gate) puts her at the head of the class. 
Moving even farther is Sallie Gayle Beck 
who has departed Raleigh, NC to take up 
residence in Merida, Yucatan, Mex. She 
sold, gave away, threw out everything; 
drove 3400 miles; found a new, fur- 
nished apt., settled into this historic city 
and is blissfully happy Eleanor Johnson 
Ashby (Atlantic Beach, FL) retired after 
20 yrs. as Director of Leadership Jack- 
sonville. She and Garnett spent 3 weeks 
in the Scottish highlands and plan a Feb. 
trip to London. They make frequent visits 
to daughter, Elizabeth in Watertown, CT. 
)ane Arata Pickett and Bob (Veto Beach, 
FL) saw their son married in the court- 
yard of the historic French Market Inn in 
New Orleans in Nov. The newlyweds 
will be in the NYC area. June and Bob 
spent Thanksgiving with their 4 grand- 
children in Denver 

Joan Arey Harrison and Chuck are 
building another house at Landfall in 
Wilmington, NC. It keeps Chuck busy 
while loan is traveling (most recently 
Hong Kong, Tokyo, Kyoto), reading for 2 

book clubs and working on AAUW ac- 
tivities. She is so glad she came to re- 
union. Can't wait for the next one. 
Another NEW homeowner is (ane Perry 
Liles. Still in Concord, NC she and 
George now abide in a gorgeous South- 
ern Living home built by their son, jack. 
George was re-elected mayor of Con- 
cord. Isabel Grayson Parish and Hav 
(Pinehurst, NC) have temporarily put 
aside adventures to wild, exotic places 
and done most of their traveling via 
"Locum Tenens" (substitute doctor). Re- 
cently they were in the Hudson River 
Valley which they loved. They saw Liz 
Gibson Brooks and George in West Red- 
ding, CT and had a wonderful sail on 
George's boat. Isabel's oldest son is Rec- 
tor of Trinity Episcopal Church in New 
Orleans. Hav and Izzy will hedge hop 
their plane across the country this sum- 
mer ending up in British Columbia for a 
Wilderness Medical Seminar. The Brooks 
will be in London in May and plan a golf 
outing to NC in June. Katzy Bailey Nager 
and C.|. (Lake Wylie, NC) won a trip to 
the Costa del Sol last Dec. which gave 
them an excuse to visit old friends and 
old haunts in Spain, plus spend Christ- 
mas in England. A trip back to Palos 
Verdes in Feb. gave them a chance to 
rendezvous with CA ftiends. 

Ann King Dietrich (Great Falls, VA) 
writes that Beau retired last summer. 
They had an exciting trip to MS to watch 
their son take command of the cruiser, 
USS Ticonderoga. A fall jaunt to Eng., 
Scot., and Ireland is in the works. Kitty 
Guerrant Fields (Richmond, VA) spent 
Aug. in Harbour Springs, Ml with ftiends, 
got caught in the Northwest Airlines 
Strike and ended up staying 6 weeks. 
Kitty and daughter, Frances, took a mar- 
velous fall cruise to Turkey, the Greek 
Isles, and the Holy Land. Maggie Graves 
McClung and David (Salem, VA) say 
"Nothing is happening." Ha! With fa 
grandchildren very nearby, don't believe 
it. They spend a lot of time at home and 
on their boat at Smith Mt. Lake. Dolly 
Wallace Hartman (Charleston, WV) and 
her daughter, Mary put on an art show 
together Talent runs in the family. Anne 
loyce Wyman and Joseph (NYC) spent 
New Year's in London visiting daughter 
Anneka and her husband. Later they 
cruised from Santiago, Chile to Brazil via 
Cape Horn and the Falkland Is. Future 
trips are planned to Switzerland and for a 
cruise on the Elbe. When the Wymans 
are at home it's usually at their house on 
L.I. Flo Pye Apy and Chet (Little Silver, 
N|) B&B's it through Ireland after re- 
union. In Sept. they added a new grand- 
son to their roster which necessitated 3 
trips to CA (birth, christening, babysit- 
ting). They'll go to Mexico City in the 
spring. Patti Tighe Waldon (Flemington, 
N|) is another who is now sold on re- 
unions. She just had a mini one in 
Princeton with Flo Apy and Jeanna Duff. 
Patti's 4th grandchild was born in Aug. 
and Patti does a lot of babysitting. She 
went to England in Sept. and CA in Feb. 
Mary Kimball Greer and Bos's (Madison, 
CT) big news is the wedding of son, 
Roger, last fall. Mary and Bos spent 3 
weeks in the Grand Caymans last winter 
Kay Amsden (Rochester, NH) is 
editor/publisher of KALM Publishing. Her 
fnend is the author They are on their 3rd 
book, A Horse In The Udies Room, a 
humorous look at a NH Country Inn. 

Caroline Miller Ewing and Bud 
(Louisville, KY) toured Monaco and 

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Summer/Fall 1999 • 27 

Provence fall '98 and plan '99 trips to Fl, 
NC, and Ireland. Caroline is already 
pushing SBC with her 5-yr. old grand- 
daughter. She and Bud loved reunion 
and are sorry they put it oft for 45 yrs. 
They promise to return for the 50th. We 
hope you all will. It really is such fun. 
Jane Dawson Mudwilder (Louisville, KY) 
has grandchildren on Hilton Head. She 
keeps saying she'll call, but they keep 
her too busy. However, we do see Jackie 
Lowe Young and Dick (Bethlehem, PA) 
when they are down here for the winter. 
Jackie says all 3 of their children moved 
into new houses (1 in Raleigh, 2 in At- 
lanta) while their parents are still in the 
same old digs. John and I love living on 
Hilton Head so our travels are short; fish- 
ing in the Keys in April, my 50th H.S. re- 
union in May, and various kid-visiting 

I hate to end on a sad note, but the 
Alum. Office received word in |an. that 
Faith Catlin Peters died 1 1/98. We send 
condolences to her family 

Ed. 'i Note: Nancy Goldie McTaggart 
died March 10, 1999. Her husband 
called to give the sad news. Nancy's 
daughter Kate McTaggart Allen is Class of 
1981 at SBC. 


President: Nancie Howe Entenmann 
Secretaries: Meredith Smythe Grider, 
Macie Clay Nichols 
Fund Agent: Janet Monroe Schumann 

1 998 has been a year of great loss for 
those of us from Louisville; the sudden 
death of Mary Rodes Lannert, beautiful 
daughter of Barbara Collis Rodes and 
husband )oe, and our classmate Eve Alt- 
sheler )ay, also very suddenly. 

Remembering, that when you read 
these notes almost a full year has passed 
for most of the news, we know that this 
is a review of events of 1 998. Such as 
Debby Brown Stalker, w ho has ten 
grandchildren and can't believe they 
have been living in Santa Barbara for 13 
years. They spent the holidays in their 
NYC apartment. Bunny Burwell Nesbit is 
into her PC, which is not easy because of 
her lousy eyesight. Her email address is, so get in touch. 
She is in a small community (pop 200) 
and finds it hard to get around as she 
cannot drive, but life is "pretty good and 
full " Nancy Howe Entenmann asks if we 
want to consider a memorial for our 
class and that we give it thought before 
our 45th reunion. She and Dick have 
been traveling, as usual; Hawaii, Japan, 
China, Canada, and Santa Fe. Karen 
Steinhardt Kirkbride continues with 
DOD-Army and Dick with Defense In- 
formation Systems Agency. She lost her 
mother at 93 in 1998. From Peggy Pat- 
tillo Beckham, they have all 4 children 
living in Abilene and are watching the 
grandchildren grow up too fast! A trip to 
Costa Rica and Panama was planned for 
Feb. Betty Pierce Bradshaw is a retired 
busy! Her advertising career is history 
and husband Jack will retire in Sept. 
They will stay in Houston as the children 
and grandchildren are there. They vaca- 
tion in Sea Island each year and Betty 
volunteers for and serves on the board of 
a Christian Theatre Group. Ginny Echols 
Orgain loved finding Lousia Hunt Coker 
among 47,000 in the Charlottesville Sta- 
dium! They had a good visit. Ginny said 

she was with Jeanne Applequist and all 
of the Richmond gang at Prince's Christ- 
mas coffee. She and John have one 
granddaughter and enjoy spending time 
with her. Louisa says they're enjoying 
their 5 grandchildren and had a great trip 
up the Danube. She loved Budapest and 
wants to go back. Prince adds that 
Jeanne was in town for a funeral and she 
lives on a ranch in Crawford, CO. joe 
and Prince were in France in Sept. and 
by chance ended up in a restaurant 
seated next to "Kip" Newlin Archinal '57 
and they had fun working out the SBC 
connection. Mary Ann Hicklin 
Quarngesser's youngest daughter, Susan, 
was married in Baltimore in Oct. to 
Brooks Amist, also an attorney. Catherine 
Lotterhos Mills and husband Henry have 
bought a summer home in Henderson- 
ville, about 12 miles from Arden where 
Mary Ann lives, and they are having a 
wonderful time continuing a friendship 
begun at St. Catherines in 1950. Nancy 
St. Clair Talley says nothing has changed 
in her life, "which at our stage is proba- 
bly cause for celebration." An interesting 
note from Virginia ?, who wrote that she 
is now Mrs. James Rainer, the postcard 
was stamped Memphis but gave no other 
info. (Do write both maiden and married 
name on your cards.) Frances Gilbert 
Browne has another grandson (3rd) born 
in Oct. to their oldest son, Howard. They 
are busy preparing for the April wedding 
of their youngest son, Paul. They cele- 
brated their 40th with all the children at 
Sea Island, spring of 1998. |o Early Eber- 
wine expects a third grandchild in Jan. 
and will leave for their FL condo. They 
had just returned from Egypt and Israel. 
Jane Black Clark and David are truly en- 
joying retirement. They were in NW 
Canada last summer and "the scenery is 
breathtaking" as well as great for golfing 
and walking. Ashby Hopkins '84, their 
youngest, is giving them their ninth 
grandchild in June. Joan Broman Wright 
and Jim traveled a lot in 1998, this in- 
cludes Jim's big reunion at Choate and a 
trip through New England, a trip with sis- 
ter fanet Dingle '51 to San Francisco and 
a fabulous cruise and land trip to AK. "1 
think of our SBC days often and remem- 
ber the snows," writes Bet Forbes Ray- 
burn. Don't we all! She has a daughter 
living in Paris for six months while her 
husband teaches, and Bet plans to visit. 
Otherwise she is busy keeping up with 7 
grandchildren and farming. Mary Alice 
Major Duncan and Graham have moved 
from their home of 37 years into town; 
Hopkinsville, KY. They welcomed their 
eighth grandchild in Dec. Ann Allen 
writes excitedly about being at the 
foundry in Beacon, NY for the unveiling 
of the model for Leonard Da Vinci's 
horse to be given to the people of Italy 
by US citizens on the 500th anniversary 
of the destruction of Leonardo's own 
model for the Duke of Milano. She and 
Tom plan to be in Milan for the dedica- 
tion. (See Smithsonian Mag. 9/98) Janet 
Monroe Shumann is very busy as Direc- 
tor of Major Gifts for the Whiting School 
of Engineering at John Hopkins Univ. She 
and her partner of four year are enjoying 
a peaceful existence and she is learning 
to "slow down a bit and not try to do it 
all." She has a daughter in Barbados, a 
daughter in Washington DC and a son in 
West Palm Beach. Lee Chang Crozier is 
well and keeping busy with church, 
community and 5 beautiful grandchil- 
dren. A great Christmas letter from Park- 

sie Carroll Mulholland enumerates many 
adventures with children and grand chil- 
dren (5) and a purchase of a condo in 
South Ft. Myers FL. This is in celebration 
of Jack's retirement and a new life to- 
gether. She is still judging for the Garden 
Club of America and lecturing locally on 
horticulture. Interestingly, she reads 
weekly to an older lady, who is nearly 
blind. They have just finished the English 
translation of the Iliad and the Odyssey 
"My years in latin helped greatly with 
pronunciation." Another Christmas letter 
from Barbara Darnall Clinton details a 
busy life in Houston. They were planning 
to be in New Orleans to support the 
Texas Aggies in the Sugar Bowl and she 
continues to be active with the Aggie 
Moms as well as her choir. A Jan. letter 
from Raleigh and Nancy Ettinger Minor 
describes an active year that included a 
temporary move to Jacksonville, FL, after 
Raleigh retired from his business and 
took on a project in that area. That is 
now ending and they plan to "go see and 
do things we've always put off." Carolyn 
Dickinson Tynes writes excitedly about 
the birth of grandchild number 9 to her 
daughter Gary and her husband William 
and they named her Carolyn Dickinson 
Wahlheim. Carolyn is thrilled. She con- 
tinues with her landscape design and 
they travel a lot. From Peggy Ann Rogers 
news that she has finished her updating 
of the book she has been working on; 
Literary Guide and Companion to South- 
ern England by Dr. Robert M. Cooper 
She loved doing it and has given a copy 
to John Jaffe for the SBC library. Life for 
Meredith Smythe Grider and Paul has 
changed after he retired from private 
practice and took a new job teaching in 
the Family Practice unit at the U of L 
medical school. He loves training the 
residents, plus the lack of call and can't 
believe he is being paid for having so 
much fun! Still traveling and running the 
store — just came back from Belize and 
will be in Sanibel and Ml for the sum- 
mer. As for the Nichols, we are trying to 
do it all, working and traveling! So far in 
1 999, we have been to Palm Desert, CA 
for a Morgan-Keegan outing, an adven- 
ture trip to Peru, Equador and the Gala- 
pagos Islands, plus a golf trip to the 
Dominican Republic and FL for Robert. 1 
joined daughter Martha, when she intro- 
duced 14 college students to France in 
Jan.; traveling as a student was very inter- 
esting! Now, 1 must sell houses to spend 
time in June in St. Remy (Provence). Son 
Rob is teaching English as a second lan- 
guage in Barcelona and will join us 
there. All the best to you faithful core- 
spondents — let's hear from more of you ! 
Until next time, love, M&M. 


President: Courtney Gibson Pelley 
Secretary: Ann Pegram Harris 
Fund Agents: Ann Young Bloom 
Betsy Smith White 

Ya'll: we have two bridesll Our own 
|ini Jones is now Mrs. John Vail of Water- 
town, CT, huzzah, Jini! Susan Taylor 
Montague married old friend Howard 
Reese last June, is house-hunting and is 
Susan Taylor Montague-Reese!! (way to 

We have so many grandbabies and 
super progeny now we cannot name 
them (Notes' word allowance cut yet 

again, to 1000, so TALK FAST) 

We have very sad news: Connie 
Fitzgerald Lange died last summer; and 
Kitty Guy Weatherford in October. 

If you sent a divine, witty postcard 
and get skipped here, 1 apologize pro- 
fusely. Byron and 1 bought a new flat 
house; 1 got cold-colder-flu etc.; sold old 
pet house (Sally Beattie Sinkler, bless 
her, our wonderful agent); moved; Byron 
frisky with relief leaving closing, fell off 
one little step, broke another leg; 3 more 
weeks in hospital; home now in wheel- 
chair again. You can imagine the state of 
the Notes' notes... Love the house, tho'. 

Cookie Cooke Carle got last year's 
card here in time for now-late but cheery 
"hey", and sent great scrapbook ques- 
tionnaire; in fact all 1 5 (?) are interesting. 
Nearly everybody wears only T-shirts and 
jeans: is worried over Decline of Good 
Manners, and is generally content. Can't 
repeat them all here but nifty notes from 
Martha Ann Burnet Carlisle; Rachel Bok 
Goldman: Vicki Meeks Blair-Smith; and 
Deborah Dunning who is SBC Alumna- 
in-Residence this year. Great photos too- 
you should come to reunions and see! 
Former Farmer, Alice Gary, Brown has 
too much to tell (Garden Club of Amer- 
ica VP, etc. etc.) but thrives and is fun. 
President Missus (Courtney Gibson) Pel- 
ley types (plays well with others) and 
writes nifty letters; Susan Glass blows 
glass !!!! in her studio with youngest son, 
in Washington state. Caroline Green 
sends y'all her best regards. 

Alice Gary had guest looking great, 
Elsie Pritchard Carter in November and 
works w ith Betsy Smith White, Ann 
Young Bloom and Courtney on Reunion. 
Jane Jamison Messer has lovely legible 
hand, hosted roomie Karen McKenzie 
Smith "we still liked each other!" and 
plans to see Sue Pohl Moulton at Mom's 
in FL; and visited too with Linda Knicker- 
bocker Ford and Snowdon Durham 
Byron. Isa-Mary Lowe Ziegler is still 
travelling a lot with her bishop, Alvin; 
and doing tons of GCA work running 
stuff and judging (really an awesome list). 
Jane Moore Banks is gradually retiring 
from family elder care business and her 
children are taking over. "Looking for- 
ward to retirement fun." 

Sorrel Mackall McElroy is enjoying 
new life outside Richmond amidst 
woods, horses and grands with occasion- 
ally retired spouse. "We're having fun." 
Judy Nevins LeHardy and Cap'n. moved 
to Kilmarnock on the Va. Northern neck 
and we hope she's (everybody's) coming 
to reunion The Rev. Fleming Parker Rut- 
ledge's new l^ook The Bible and the New 
York Times sold out its 1st printing in 6 
weeks. She is preaching all over U.S. this 
year and plans to Reune, too. Yay! 

Judy Sorley Chalmers photo is aston- 
ishingly beautiful; she does lots of med- 
ical missionary work in Panama and 
Ecuador-"mostly children's orthopedics 
and plastics." And she "still has a flat in 
London" and will come to SBC in May. 
Polly Space Dunn loves Cashiers; golf 
and painting and sees Lizora Miller 
Yonce and Nina Hopkins Raine there. 
Precious Tabb Thornton Farinholt is 
coming also, and is "still married, still 
working, still in Gloucester and still 
healthy; feel lucky!" 

Judy Watts Buchanan in MD, gets to 
celebrate her Mother's 88 birthday but 
same time as Reunion. She still is at 
Johns Hopkins; been a widow 12 years, 
has 3 grands and some lovely travels. 

28 • Summer/Fall 1999 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

"Lite is not all work." Aloha! AM Wood 
Thompson did niliy ship trip luneau to 
Seattle, "unitorm was binoculars, long 
underwear, rain gear and high boots." 
Her "Trav" has retired; ludy runs her 
band "The Plunkers" and is coming to re- 
union. Are you? 


President: locelyn Palmer Connors 
Secretary: Parry Ellice Adam 
Fund Agent: Adele Vogel Harrell 

Congratulations to Katie Crommelin 
Milton, our own Distinguished Alumna 
of the Year. A very impressive acceptance 
speech is in the Winter 1999 alumnae 
magazine. She continued her endeavors 
in Panama in early 1998. Anne Allen 
Symonds and Tatt spent Thanksgiving in 
San Francisco and Christmas in Crested 
Butte with sons Allen, lonathon, and 
David. Marcia Armstrong Scholl is still 
teaching in France. Juliette Anthony is 
active with the Audubon Conser\'ation 
Committee, preser\'ing the San Francisco 
Bay environment. 

Our sympathy to Martha Baum Hart- 
mann at the loss ot husband Helmut fol- 
lowing a trip to Alaska in luly. She 
continues to play bluegrass banjo and 
golf. Share Laura Connerat Lawton's 
"Discover Savannah" CD-ROM on her 
web page 
She is Education Specialist for Perfor- 
mance, Systems and Training, Inc. Louise 
Durham Purvis' husband John is cam- 
paigning for re-election to the European 
Parliament. She will be a Lady-in-Wait- 
ing at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh for 
10 days in May. Fran Early, although of- 
ficially "retired," works full-time pro 
bono for Greater Boston Interfaith Orga- 
nization involving political action. 

Linda Emery Miller is Strategic Sys- 
tem Development consultant with the 
Iowa Dept. of Ed. Elizabeth Farmer 
Owen enjoys husband Doug's retirement 
with both children's families living in 
Louisville. Lizzie Fleet Wallace's oldest 
son Gordon and Caroline lSBC'87) 
moved back to Richmond so all 6 grand- 
children are there too. Mig Carrity 
Sturr's travel industry career took her to 
Russia, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, 
Spain and Morocco. Dara-Lynn marries 
in Mav. Jean Cantt Nuzum's son Henry 
rows for the Harvard team which won 
"The Ladies Plate" at Henley, presented 
by Prince Phillip. Christine is a reporter 
for the Durham Herald-Sun. Tolise Gath- 
ing Norwood is a Program Analyst at the 
Gov't Printing Office. Husband David is 
a Computer Specialist at the Navy Yard. 
Brooke Hamilton MacKinnon teaches 
English in Atlanta to students from Mex- 
ico and Viet Nam. Peggy Johnson Laney 
finished year as TN Chapter President of 
American Society of Interior Designers. 

Loti Kennedy Dunn fund-raises for 
the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria, VA 
aiding H.S. seniors. Hobbies are paint- 
ing, sculpting and knee therapy. Dru 
McEachern Martin and Bill are retired 
and enjoved the SBC trip to Austria in 
Feb. Puddin Newbury Lansing is a great 
grandmother and doing church work, 
taking the Stephen Ministry training. 

Kim Patmore Cool is Business, Arts 
and Leisure, and Home Editor of the 
Venice (FL| Gondolier as well as judging 
skating. Peg Pulis Herrick continues to 
paint. She has started a travel program. 

"journey Daybook," teaching the art of 
the creative journal at JOURNEY DAY @ 

Mary Jane Schroder Oliver thanks 
you all for your kindness at the loss of 
Loren last September. 

Julia Shields retired in June after 30 
years of teaching Janice Smith Stearns 
has been managing investment properties 
in Palm Beach for German investors for 
19 years. Mary Steketee MacDonald's 
son Chris was married in Syracuse last 
summer. Outdoor sports and travel fill 
her time between H&R Block and work 
at the Saratoga Race Track. Jingles Street 
Robinson is Editor-in-ChietA'P of Moon- 
dance, an international electronic maga- 
zine which celebrates the creativity of 
women, ( 

Lydia Taylor's travels included Ore- 
gon, S. .America, Greece, Turkey, Israel 
and Spain visiting children and attending 
Bar Assoc, events. Macon Winfree 
Hilton welcomed 2 grandchildren early 
in '98 followed by extensive travel to the 
Eastern Mediterranean and Far East. 

Unfortunately I report the passing of 
Lynne Rynders Welch on Aug. 12, 1998. 
We extend our sympathy to her family. 

Our first grandchild, Ellice Marie 
Falivene, was born to Gladden (SBC'90) 
and Phil 1/30/99. I also celebrated 25 
years of my consignment shop. 

Sincere thanks to you all for terrific 
response. Wish we could print all your 
news but brevity is dictated by new mag- 
azine format. 


President: Sarah Porter Boehmler 

Secretary: Harriet Wall Martin 

Fund Agent: Brenda Muhlinghaus Barger 

SBC's word limit constrains the spirit 
of your news and opposes defining the 
tenor of our 50's. Thus follows my erratic 
slaughter of your good postcards. 

Sally Rasco Thomas, though "not 
where she thought she'd be in her mid- 
50's," is Development Director-San 
Diego Public Library (her greatest joy a 
3-year-old-granddaughter); divorced 2 
years, she owns a cozy condo. Carol 
Ann Reifsnyder Rhoads, in medical re- 
search (LSIJ), currently studies oxydative 
damage to cells/cell death. Her offspring 
include grandson Nathan via daughter 
lennifer in Winston-Salem, Richard - 
med student lU-Mass.), and the youngest 
at U-Col, where they bought a house. 
With "IBM still treating her great," bionic 
Genie Dickey Caldwell boasts a pertect 
new left hip and a return to birding ex- 
cursions, but awaits right hip replace- 
ment. Brooke Patterson Mahlsted 
welcomes visitors to her new San Diego 
home. She's selling her former home 
("bought all by myself" during her di- 
vorce); son Doug is nearby but Andrew 
in Boston. Melinda Musgrove Chapman 
sits for baby girl of daughter Brook, also 
in Birmingham, and has 3 grandchildren 
in Charlotte via son Richard (wife 
Melinda); daughter lennifer is in DC. 
Herb and Susan Hobbs Crowder moved 
to Chadottesville, she with a new studio 
(McGuffey Art Center), he started a new 
program at Darden. Kathleen Watson 
Taylor - husband Marshall 
(radiologist/Washington, NC)-has Carney 
in IM residency (Vanderbilt), Anne work- 
ing/studying in Asheville, Selden at VMI. 
Knee woes plus Achilles tendon surgery 

curtailed beloved activities, but she's still 
with Bible study, school volunteering, 
and gardening. 

From Houston and their summer 
Santa Fe home, Babette Fraser Hale's 
Windale Publishing produced Ordinary 
Parad/se (well-received in Bostor) Globe, 
NYTt and 3 more books scheduled for 
fall: son Will is in Manhattan. Dabney 
Williams McCoy enjoys both sons in 
Richmond, one newly married. Daughter 
Catherine is at UNC, planning a Paris se- 
mester. With Marian and Laura married 
and Louise independent, Laura Haskell 
Phinizy joined husband Stewart in real 
estate. Bunny Sutton Healy divides time 
beHveen Boston/Berkshires and among 
two teenagers and husband )ay, Mass. 
Food-Agriculture Commissioner. Susan 
Strong McDonald, through with Art His- 
tory preliminary exams, works on her 
dissertation, continues painting, and en- 
joys two grandchildren. Sonja Howell 
Baum, part-time "Weekender" fashion 
coordinator and volunteer for the Albu- 
querque Symphony Guild, has 3 children 
in 20's; husband Chris has a retirement 
job as systems analyst for NM Bar. 
Daughter Nina finished an Antarctica re- 
search stint, then tuned up her car, to 
which she attached 3 mountain bikes, 
and "took off" for a master's in biologv- 
Montana State. Judy Howe Behn's tax 
work increases as has the size of their 
summer home in Rl. Son Mark at MIT 
works on his Ph.D. thesis in Geophysics. 
The youngest of Belle Williams Smith 
heads for college after Woodberry Forest; 
middle daughter is at Sotheby's (NYC), 
and older daughter (Ph.D.-Tulane) is en- 
gaged. Belle remains an active volunteer 
with charities. 

Perhaps our outreach can merge with 
Sally Hubbard's support of daughter 
Anna, who with AIDS has ndden LONG 
bike rides to raise funds. Sally crewed for 
two rides and fed thousands of meals to 
other crews. This year her family raised 
about $25,000! NOW Anna, who says 
that next year is her last, will do all five 
Tanqueray American AIDS Rides. Though 
Sally fears this goal is too much for 
Anna, she swears her willingness to do 
the fundraising since Anna is willing to 
ride, Sally's e-mail: 

Mary K. Lee McDonald, a "referral 
only" real estate consultant, has son John 
in Richmond (Bell Industries) and Bryan 
finishing his political science masters (Va. 
Techi, headed for a Ph.D. masters/politi- 
cal science. NYC art history lecturer 
Magda Salvesen spends "99 publicizing 
the autobiography of her late husband, 
American abstract expressionist painter 
Ion Schueler. She declares, "...thinking of 
writing a book on artists' widows! What 
an extraordinary breed we are"! Dryden 
Childs Murck's daughter brought 8 years 
of London life and her parents transferred 
56 years of MD to Savannah homes near 
Dryden. Two more grandchildren are in- 
cubating. Traylor Rucker hopes for 
change from Charleston weather on 
SBC's Salzburg trip. Connie Triplette 
Barker and doctor husband Bill have a 
grandson via daughter Mary (with hus- 
band David in Raleigh), who teaches 
autistic children. Son Roger at Oberlin 
pursues lifelong dreams to be an actor. 
Olivia McGregor Leon loves work at St. 
John Knit Boutique iSth Ave.l and as As- 
sociate Protessor-Fashion Inst, of Tech- 
nology. Daughter Olivia McBurney Leon, 
graduate of The Annenburg School of 
Communication (U-PAI, works at the 

Food Network and got Mom a spot on 
""The View" with Emeril Lagasse. Chris 
Kilcullen Thurlow proclaims the splen- 
dor ot travel and free time. A family of 
traders includes international daughter 
Katie (Merrill Lynch-London), son 
Michael (NYC) and husband Steve with a 
Swiss bank. In addition to teaching Eng- 
lish to foreign professionals, Chris has a 
garden design firm (Quite Contrary Gar- 
dens) and her own garden is in the Na- 
tional Conservancy as a "garden to visit." 

Brenda Muhlinghaus Barger travels 
to mid-NC to visit daughter Kate (vet 
school-NC State) plus Linda Schwaab 
Hodges. Though mothers of many ac- 
complished children, they only discuss 
their numerous jumbo animals. Mean- 
time, Blair Both (now nearbv in Louis- 
burgl and I examine our less frenetic 
living. We call Sarah Porter Boehmler 
(NYC) to relay compliments about her 
wonderful daughters (twins lean and Liz 
working in Charlotte and Alexis at 
Davidsonl. Brenda reported her and 
Trudy Dowd Hatch's attendance at the 
magnificent Texas-style wedding of Mary 
K. Pederson Kyger's daughter Caroline 
Boone (W&Ll. Also, she delivered a clip- 
ping re Emily Pleasants Smith, who re- 
ceived Opera Carolina's Award of Merit 
for extraordinary volunteer service. 

Clearly SBC's 1000-word confine- 
ment and YOUR meager words do not 
fully convey your interesting lives. I'm 
eyeing an axe as a possible appendage to 
my squalid Taurus to find you and extract 
your stories. 


President: Martha Bennett Pritchett 
Secretary: Lynne Gardner Detmer 
Fund Agents: Barbara lohnson Prickett, 
Ann Peterson Griffin 

Greetings to all 68ers! Reunion at the 
Patch last year was marvelous. Make an 
effort this year to have mini-reunions, 
using the addresses sent to you with the 
unabridged class notes. We have so 
much shared history, and we are ALL so 

Lorna Allen Sorley is with AIM Man- 
agement, mutual funds. She is working 
on the Euro and Y2K challenges. She saw 
Suzanne Little on New Year's Day. 
Christina Bacchiani Schieffelin's activi- 
ties revolve around her tamily, volunteer 
positions, Bible study, and efforts to keep 
fit and healthy. Barbara Baur Dunlap re- 
ports that Charlie and she "still" feel 
young. They continue to give seminars in 
Africa, Bermuda, and Hawaii. 

Ann Biggs Jackson and Gary com- 
pleted renovation of their farmhouse. 
Ann is looking forward to this year's crop 
of foals and the new racing season. Les- 
ley Bissell Hoopes continues with her 
museum work, adding a new tour, "The 
Arts of Ancient Greece and Rome". As 
"required" homework for this project, 
she and Toby took a trip in the fall trac- 
ing the journey of Odysseus from Istan- 
bul to Athens. 

Susan Bokan has "happily repatriated 
to Saratoga Springs", where she reno- 
vates Victonan buildings. She visited 
Christina Bacchiani Schieffelin in Dallas. 
Melinda Brown Everett and her high 
school sweetheart husband of 5 years, 
Vincent Klos, moved to Newburyport, 
MA. Melinda is working part time in an 
advertising/ PR agency in Cambridge. 

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she is also working as special events co- 
ordinator for the Merrimack River Feline 
Rescue Society. She enjoyed seeing 
Phoebe Brunner Peacock in D.C. 

Anne Cabaniss, a free lance film 
commercial producer, has moved back 
to Atlanta. Kate Buster continues to 
climb in the Rockies, although she had 
to repair some damage to the body from 
the years of wear and tear. Katherine 
Cooley "just continues to work. wed- 
dings or grandchildren yet". Suzanne 
Evans Reeves loves living in Providence, 
Rl. Both of her children, Evan and Liza, 
were married this summer. Susie contin- 
ues to be active in the community in the 
arts and in preseaation. 

Yours truly, Lynne Gardner Detmer, 
avid class secretary, enjoys each minute 
with family, friends, music, and jewelry 
creation. I fulfilled a life-long dream this 
past year as a regularly employed profes- 
sional musician, singing with an a cap- 
pella sextet of fabulous artists, jim and I 
enjoyed two Windstar cruises, one in the 
Mediterranean, and one along the coast 
of Costa Rica. Nancy Hickox Wright 
says, "I know I'm a little biased — but 
there can't be a greater group of women 
as a whole anywhere than our class." 
Anne Kinsey Dinan says that doing the 
Ginkoba commercial was a "real hoot — 
and the best part is hearing from people 
who somehow managed to recognize me 
in the split second that I'm actually on 
the air!" She continues as a legal secre- 
tary, and draws at night. Husband Terry 
is back in NYC as Director of the Wally 
Findlay Gallery. 

Jennie Lyons Fogarty is an adminis- 
trative assistant at The Family Works. 
She, Ann Peterson Griffin, and Sandy 
Waters "stretched our enjoyable Reunion 
by spending a few more days at Bethany 
Beach, DE." Tonia Macneil is still strug- 
gling with huge back problems. After a 
microdiscectomy to repair a ruptured 
disc 1/98, she has been pursuing 
Feldenkrais physical therapy, which 
helps her to "keep on keeping on". Being 
a landlady has also proved a challenge 
to equanimity. 

Kathryn McLain Brault travels fre- 
quently out of the country. She has two 
children, daughter Kelley and son jean. 
Pamela McConnell Post, now living in 
Cambridge, MA, will marry a broadcast 
journalist in the spring. A writing teacher, 
her "An essay in four parts" will be pub- 
lished in Women Writers writing on 
Breast Cancer. Ceiia Newherg Steingold 
is a docent at the National Gallery, and 
does custom dried flower arrangements 
on the side. She and Stu plan a trip to 
South Alnca this spring. 

Penny Oliver Hawkins's log house in 
MT is almost complete. She had a won- 
derful family trip to London last year. 
Ann Peterson Griffin is working in a 
needlepoint/stationery store part time, as 
well as continuing as a docent at the 
Dallas Museum of Art. In the fall she had 
a good time living in a garage apartment 
in Paris. Vicky Pitts Hildreth had a good 
visit with children and grandchildren in 
SC. She lives just "a stone's throw away" 
from Sandy Waters. Julie Seibels 
Northup graduated from U. Washington 
Law School last year. She and Fred 
moved to Atlanta, where she is an Asso- 
ciate in a labor and employment law 
firm. Newly "civilian" after 25 years as 
an Episcopal parish priest, Fred has 
started a new organization, Athletes for a 
Better World. Amy Thompson McCand- 

less's book on the history of women's 
higher education in the twentieth-century 
South, The Past in the Present, has just 
been published. Amy is chair of both the 
Historic Commission of Mount Pleasant 
and the Charleston Area Lutheran Cam- 
pus Ministry, first vice president of the 
Southern Association for Women Histori- 
ans, and a member of the editorial board 
of the S.C. Historical magazine. 

Suzanne Torgan Weston toured the 
British Isles, MT, and ID by motorcycle. 
She continues to enjoy software testing in 
the aerospace field. Michal Twine is still 
busy with interior design, working in San 
Francisco as well as the Boston area. On 
a Western vacation last year, she visited 
with Sandy Waters. 

Lisa Walker operates her own land- 
scape design and installation business. 
Connie Williams de Bordenave is still 
doing art shows with her jewelry. Once 
her youngest finishes high school, she 
will travel with Tad. Christine Witcover 
Dean prosecutes drug dealers and their 
organizations with the U.S. Attorney's 
Office. She rides her horse and tap- 
dances to keep fit. 

Betsy Wolfe sold her private practice 
and is now working "95% time" for 
UCSF as a clinical supervisor of their 
parent program in Langley Porter Psychi- 
atric Institute. She and Ed have been 
using the 5% extra time for skiing expe- 
ditions, including the Mt. Blanc Glacier 
in Chamonix. Marshalyn Yeargin Allsopp 
continues at the Center for Disease Con- 
trol doing research in developmental dis- 


President: jacque Penny 
Secretary: Caroline Tuttle Murray 
Fund Agent: Camilla Crocker 

Our word limit keeps getting shorter. 
I'm sorry I have to leave out so much! 
Frances Barnes Kennamer (Montgomery) 
reports that all is well with her family. 
Mary Bell Parks (Loveland, CO) is teach- 
ing and still fighting cancer. We are wish- 
ing her the best! Martha Bickham 
Singleton has retired. She and her hus- 
band divide their time between 
Bethesda, MD and CO, with lots of 
golf/ski trips in between. Marjorie Black 
iBozeman, MT) is single-parenting a 
daughter while solo-practicing law. Cami 
Crocker Wodehouse iPonte Vedra 
Beach, FL) has a daughter at U of Rich- 
mond, a son in Australia, and continues 
as a guardian ad litem and county water 
tester. Betty Duson reports all is well in 
Houston. Michela English (DC) is still 
with Discovery, continues leading a hec- 
tic family life, and is recovering from a 
recent trip to the Galapagos Islands! 
Mimi Fahs (NY) is at the New School 
University as the director of the Health 
Policy Research Center. Her son is a 
baseball fanatic and her partner is reno- 
vating their country house. We are im- 
mensely proud of Kathy Garcia Pegues 
(Warrenton, VA), who is currently presi- 
dent of the SBC Alumnae Association! 
Her daughter, an SBC junior, is in Seville 
and her son is choosing a college. She 
and husband John are still in the educa- 
tion business. Barbara Gracey Backer 
(Delray Beach) has a full lite with the ac- 
tivities of her children, board service, 
and organising spiritually-oriented lun- 

cheons for friends. Sue Greenwald 

(Hoboken, N|) participated in the Na- 
tional Race for the Cure and has had vis- 
its from and has visited several SBCers. 
Katie Horan (Chadds Ford, PAI has a 
house full of English Cockers which 
compete in agility. Anne Helms Cooper 
(Lynchburg) completed her masters and 
is a child therapist. Her daughter finished 
at NC State and her husband has a new 
job. She is also a grandmother. Gale Hull 
Whetzel (Columbus, OH) had a kidney 
removed (cancer) but is now doing well. 
She's been married 25 years and contin- 
ues volunteering. Her boys are in their 
20's. Carolyn Jones Walthall is adminis- 
trator of Youth Leadership Mobile. One 
son graduated from Dartmouth and the 
other is at Brown. Julian continues as 
pastor at Central Presbyterian. Margaret 
Mackie Wright has relocated and is a ra- 
diologist in Northern VA. Her son is at 
Colgate. In the past year, she got married, 
built a new home, and survived breast 
cancer! Lynne Manov Sprinsky (Mon- 
toursville, PA) reports, "Life is good — and 
I've been good too! Amanda Megargee 
Sutton (Petersburg, VA) is now teaching 
kindergarten. Her 15 year old son is a 
competitive swimmer. She remains active 
in her church and with her hobbies. 
Mary Frances Oakley Aiken (Roanoke) 
celebrated her fiftieth with her husband 
on a FL vacation and they ended up buy- 
ing a condo. Jacque Penny (Miami 
Beach) is enjoying her new job with 
Celebrity Cruises. She receives a nice 
note every year from our scholarship re- 
cipient and says we did a great thing in 
setting that up. Martha Roton Terry (Mo- 
bile) is a systems analyst with EDS. Her 
son is selecting a college and is captain 
of his golf team. Her daughter competes 
nationally in dance. Barbara Smith 
Young's (Lexin,gton, KY) son graduated 
from Duke and is in San Francisco and 
her daughter is at UVa. She and husband 
Bill visited the Middle East and got back 
just before the bombing in Iraq. Alix 
Sommer Pearce (Fredericksburg, VA) has 
Ijuilt a new house with her soon-to-be 
husband and is supervising gifted ser- 
vices and summer school. Elodie Taylor 
Thompson (Monroe, VA) is a library 
media specialist and is always looking 
for distant pen pals for kids 6-11. Brooke 
Thomas Dodd (Houston) is back in the 
job market after 1 5 years at home and 
has had three jobs in 1 8 months. She's 
now a paralegal. Libby Tyree Taylor 
(Atherton, CA) ran for school board and 
won! She has a daughter in h.s. and a 
sixth-grade son. Her husband is a corpo- 
rate lawyer with high tech clients world- 
wide. Sally Uptegrove Lee (Nashville) 
remains cancer-free and is still teaching. 
Husband Bob has his masonry company 
and her daughter attends school in San 
Antonio. Beverly Van Zand! Mickley 
(Shoreacres, TX) has a small sailboat 
business and does human resources con- 
sulting. She keeps busy with her children 
in middle and high school. Wendy Weiss 
Smith (Durham, NC) is on the Garden 
Club board and teaches ESL. She and 
husband Gilbert snorkeled in South 
America and plan a trip to the San )uan 
Islands. Patsy Wheeler Maddox 
(Amherst, VA) teaches middle school and 
has daughters at W & L Law and 
Roanoke College. Linda Whitlow Knight 
(Nashville) visited Italy last summer with 
her daughters, one of whom graduated 
from William and Mary and the other 
who will be attending SMU. Husband 

Dick completed his Masters in Health 
Administration. Kathy Wilson Lamb (At- 
lanta) works at the school her children 
attended. One daughter is in Charlotte 
and the other is at W & L. She and her 
husband Rex hope to move to VA when 
he retires. Nancy Wood Ambrosino (Ann 
Arbor, Ml) has children at Northwestern 
and Ohio U and still has three at home! 
She teaches and husband Drake is in the 
real esfate/ljuilding business. Beverly 
Wright Miller (Lynchburg) teaches Latin 
and is Regional Director for the Odyssey 
of the Mind. She and husband Roger 
have a ten-year-old daughter. Barb 
Wuehrmann (Grand Rapids, Ml) has re- 
tired from full-time family practice. She 
and her already retired husband will be 
spending winters in AZ. She is enjoying 
hiking and teaching Spanish and com- 
puter lessons. Alisa Yust Rowe i Houston) 
stays busy with family, friends, and at- 
tempts to publish a novel. One daughter 
graduated from UVa and another is at the 
U of St. Thomas in Houston. As for me, 
Caroline Tuttle Murray, I just keep plug- 
ging along. Rick keeps working too hard. 
Our daughter at Carolina is having far 
too much fun and our h.s. son is study- 
ing way too hard. Many of you men- 
tioned in your cards the approaching (or 
already approached) BIG 5-0. It simply 
doesn't seem possible to be this age. 
Makes the SBC years all the more pre- 
cious doesn't it? 


President: Jane Reeb Chadwick 

Secretary: Marcia Brandenburg 


Fund Agent: Nancy Mortensen Piper 

In our 25th Reunion year, Elizabeth 
Andrews Watts and Bobby both work at 
Episcopal High. Daughter Betsy is a ju- 
nior in h.s. and son Rob a freshman at 
UVa. Barbara Ashton Nicol and Robert 
have two sons graduating from h.s. Barb 
visited with several '74 classmates at 
Pawley's Island. Betsy Banks Daley and 
John live in Berkeley, CA. She teaches 
creative dance for children at a private 
school and had recently gone back to 
school to study violin. Sally Brice O' 
Hara was promoted to the Coast Guard 
Recruit Training Center in Cape May, N|. 
She completed a year as a fellow in 
MIT's Seminar XXI, where studies fo- 
cused in Foreign Politics, International 
Relations, and the National Interest. 
Mary Lee Birch Weil teaches in the 
Columbus, OH school system. She also 
teaches English to Russian and Korean 
students. Mary Bush Norwood's OneCall 
is now on the web at www.OneCall- OneCall helps with those 
repetitive calls we all have to make for 
organizations. Bonnie Chronowski Bro- 
phy and five other women started a 
Catholic Women's Bible study that has 
over 80 women registered. Son Chris is a 
junior at UVa., daughter Megs made the 
US Field Hockey's Futures Program in 
preparation for the Olympics. Laura Ep- 
stein is busy with fundraising for Condell 
Medical Center and Lake Forest Sym- 
phony, and with her new dog Kelse\', a 
Dandy Dinmont Terrier. Susan Fitzgerald 
and daughters, Katharine and Elizabeth, 
live in Atlanta, where Susan is Associate 
Director of Planned Giving at Georgia 
Tech. Alexandria Francis and Ashleigh 
spent a week in Yosemite hiking and en- 

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joying the beauty of nature. They are 
also taking riding lessons. They have a 
great time learning together and hurting 
in the same places! Nancy Hardt is 
Assoc. Professor of Pathology, lab medi- 
cine and OBGYN at U.FL. She was pro- 
moted to Asst. Dean for Clinical Affairs, 
one of the first women to have a major 
role in medical school finance. Mimi 
Hecker Dyer moved to Atlanta to as- 
sume a management position in health 
care consulting. She has twin daughters 
who are juniors at Univ. FL, and a son 
who will graduate from h.s. in 2000. 
Mimi Hill Will* and Greg hosted Rip and 
Louise Weston Rainey in Scottsdale. 
Thev n)ade plans tor our 25th reunion. 
Paula Hollingsworth Thomas and family 
moved to Columbia, TN, Husband Steve 
is attending Vanderbilt Divinit\' School. 
Paula is a Project Coordinator for Saturn. 
)ane Hutcherson Frierson spent Thanks- 
giving w ith Elizabeth Andrews Watts and 
famiK at Emory Furniss Maxwells house. 
Edie McRee Whiteman and sons were 
also there, lane is treasurer of the Wash- 
ington Alumnae Club. 

Sarah Johnston Knoblauch teaches 
art for Ruffing Montessori School. She 
and daughter Kelly traveled in England 
with Kelly's soccer team last summer. 
Mary Kllloran Caswell is still with 3M 
Corp at headquarters in MN. She and 
husband Dick get away from the harsh 
winters by visiting Mary's mom in Costa 
Rica. Penny Lagakos Turak and son Gre- 
gory live in Chadds Ford, PA. Penny is 
looking forivard to seeing friends at Re- 
union. Alethea Lee's new home in Peek- 
skill, NY has a spectacular view of the 
Hudson River. Her roof deck is a great 
place to paint and garden! 

Ann Stuart McKie Kling works for 
the family's skin/wound care company. 
The business is ever expanding! Son, )ay, 
loves basketball and baseball. Daughter, 
Shelby, in kindergarten, loves art and 
music. Edie McRee Whiteman moved to 
Richmond where she works as Special 
Gifts Director for Randolph-Macon Col- 
lege. Nancy Nunnelly Foster is now 
working with Phycor, a company that 
manages physician's practices. Marsha 
Phillips Smith stays busy with PTA com- 
mittees and playing in an English hand- 
bell choir at church. Daughter, Emily, 8th 
grade, balances piano lessons with base- 
ball and soccer. 

Tinka Pritchett and family moved in 
the middle of NH winter. Sons Gabe and 
Christian are enjoying ice hockey snow- 
boarding, and skiing. Husband Bruce's 
architecture firm is the largest in the 
state. Tinka is weaving, gardening, and 
organizing craft shows around Strawberry 
Banke. Checka Robbin Delle has taught 
in the Brooklyn schools for five years. 
Husband Paul runs a limo business and 
is starting up a private law practice. 
Cindy Sutherland Sorenson took a barge 
trip in France last summer. Daughter. 
Claire, is a soph, at Pnnceton, and son 
Peter is a senior in h.s. Jan Renne Steffen 
and |im were married on May 31st. 
Nancy Mortensen Piper and Phyllis 
Becker attended the garden wedding. )an 
has been elected city center director for 
International Interior Design Association. 
Lauren Sherlock is busy surviving the 
Travel Tourism industry. She trains new 
employees, represents her company at 
Travel Law symposiums, and has found 
time to fit in an African safari. Sherrie 
Snead McLeroy has published another 
book, Red River Women. Sandra Taylor 

says her most exciting news is laser eye 
surgery. She now has 20/20 vision with- 
out corrective lenses and says the surgery 
was quick and painless. Kathryn Telfer 
has two children, daughter Courtney (IS) 
and son, Telfer (121. She hopes to join 
the SBC Alumnae Association on its sum- 
mer Italian cruise. Meredith Thompson is 
house hunting in TX, She and Rosie Ray 
Spell look forward to seeing everyone at 
reunion. Flelen Travis works for Fujitsu, 
attended a national sales meeting in Las 
Vegas. She rode her bike 90 miles along 
the Nj shore to raise money for the 
American Lung Association. Chris Weiss 
Pfeil is adjusting to life as a single parent 
after losing her husband of 1 6 years to 
cancer. She works part time in the Edu- 
cation Division of the Cleveland Mu- 
seum of Natural History. Lou Weston 
Rainey, husband Rip, and their children 
Weston, Clarke and Caroline live in An- 
derson, SC. Angela "BB" Wheelock Dahl 
married Ty Dahl in August. They took a 
family honeymoon to Bermuda. BB 
works for a communications design firm 
in San Francisco, so they share time be- 
hveen coasts. Suzanne Williams is a lob- 
byist in Raleigh for the NC Community 
College System. Ruth Willingham Lentz 
says all is well in Memphis. Son David 
graduates from h.s. in June. They are 
planning a trip to London to celebrate. 
Ruth can be reached by e-mail at rw- for all you computer 
types! Mary Witt Will and Fritz vaca- 
tioned on Kiawah Island and Myrtle 
Beach. Mary was the course director for 
her annual Pediatrics Conference. Mar- 
cla Brandenburg Martinson says work, 
family, travel, ser\ ing on the Board of 
Trustees at my h.s. alma mater (and our 
boys' h.s.l, and as Secretary for the Class 
of '74 keep me out of trouble most of the 
time! Hope to see y'all at Reunion! 


President: Vivian Yamaguchi Cohn 
Secretary: Sally Bonham Mohle 
Fund Agents: |anel Myers Deans, Peggy 
Haley Sheehan 

Once again, we're tight on space. 
Often it seems the person whose info I 
end up editing out is your husbands'! 
Please tell them I'm sorry but your news 
has to come first. 

Barb Bernick Peyronnet stays busy 
with Maggie (9l, Annie (4) and Myers- 
Briggs seminars. The gids are into 
Brownies, church choir, piano, dance 
and gymnastics. Laura Burrell Garden 
moved from the SF Bay area to Denver, 
CO this year so she stays home with 
Sarah (2) and Lloyd (71. She's enjoying 
skiing again. Elvira Cash Pecora and 
family vacationed in England and France 
this summer. She tutors in French and 
spends time getting her sons to sports 
practices Ann Crossingham Cannon is 
busy with Medical Center Foundation 
Board, clubs, kids Leslie (18) and Will 
(161. Debbie Epperson Sizer is engaged 
to John Stringer, a banker. She has three 
children, Brian (21 ), Steven (17) and Vir- 
ginia (14) and runs hvo radio stations in 
Galax, VA. Laurie Fitzgerald Nowlan 
went back to work after 14 years as a 
stay-at-home mom. She is director of ad- 
missions for the Country Day School of 
the Sacred Heart at Bryn Mawr. Missy 
Flanigan Clark says Lauren (16) was di- 
agnosed with Stage IV Hodgkin's disease 

8/97 and that Barb Clark McLaughlin s 

son Ryan (121 was diagnosed with ALL 
Leukemia 7/98. Lauren is in remission 
but Ryan is still in treatment and needs 
our prayers. Cathy Coodhart Henson is 
doing great in Atlanta with 3 girls and 
Carlton. The oldest, Catherine, is off to 
W&L as a freshman! Cathy has seen 
Helen Milner, Louise Aiken, )ane Laud- 
erdale and hopes to see Glenn King 
Springer on the way to W&L. Mary 
Greaves Hodge finished her remodeling 
job and lo\'es the results. The kids are 
happy at school. Mary is retiring as presi- 
dent of their SBC club. Peggy Haley 
Sheehan says the skiing in Denver is still 
great. She was sad to attend her aunt's 
funeral in Richmond — Peggy had been 
visiting her regularly since SBC. Dee 
Hubble opened an educational services 
division for a publications firm in Balti- 
more. She works side by side with Nina 
Baker. Nina's daughter. Dee's goddaugh- 
ter, Natalie (8) v\'as in her first horse 
show 2/99 and won Reserve Champion. 
Lucy Kimbrough is involved with autism 
and mental health/mental illness groups. 
She has lots of pets and support pet ther- 
apy and assistance animals. Glenn King 
Springer and family have adjusted well 
to Chadotte NC. She has seen Kathy 
lackson Howe and Ellen Sellers McDow- 
ell. Ebet Little Stevens works as a head- 
hunter from home 25 hours per week 
and looks after Bob and the kids the rest 
of the time. Ebet is still singing with Deb- 
bie McCarthy and is also taking a ballet 
class! Debbie Koss McCarthy says Court- 
ney is a Morehead Scholar at UNC- 
Chapel Hill and Alex is a freshman in 
h.s. Debbie is retiring from teaching and 
plans to take classes in Duke Divinity 
School. Phooi-Ching Lai writes from Sin- 
gapore that she is an Assoc Prof. Her 
older daughter moved to secondary 
school: both daughters are struggling 
with Chinese, which is compulsory until 
grade 12 Stephanie Maxson Kenyon's 
husband had a bout with cancer in sum- 
mer 1997. but he is well now. They are 
looking forward to a family cruise to the 
Caribbean. Becky Mayer Gutierrez is 
teaching 5th grade in Turners Falls, MA. 
Her three boys are eating and playing 
sports non-stop Ellen Sellers McDowell 
and family were busy selling Gid Scout 
cookies when she wrote and were plan- 
ning a trip to see her sister in Richmond 
this Spring and to AL this summer. Beth 
Wade says daughter Ellie (2) is adorable; 
she and hubby lohn love their jobs, their 
beach house and house in Rockville, 
MD, Beth is working as an IBM sales rep. 
Tricia Waters and hubby John Neer took 
a trip to Italy in 1998, reliving her SBC 
sojourns there. Tncia sings with the 
Alexandria VA Choral Society. Carolyn 
Williams Seeling and Stephen have 
moved to the Philadelphia area, lustin 
(121 and Sarah (6) are adjusting to their 
new surroundings. Patti Wornom Henry 
and family moved to San Antonio, TX, 
where she is working at the Defense Lan- 
guage Inst, and David plans to leave the 
Army this summer. And I, Sally Bonham 
Mohle, have had a tough year with my 
stepmother getting lung cancer and end- 
ing up in a nursing home, unable to 
walk, and my father having to be moved 
to a retirement home. Pete has been an 
absolute God-send in getting me through 
all this. 


Co-presidents: Lillian Sinks Sweeney, 

lanel Hughes Wiles 

Secretary: Katherine Taylor Erickson 

Fund Agents: Melissa (Missy) Gentry 

Witherow, Fran McClung Ferguson, 

Toni Santangelo Archibald, Catherine 


Missy Witherow just moved to Mem- 
phis and loves it! Her girls are 5 and 3 — 
how time flies! They are going to Disney 
Worid this spnng. If anyone passes 
through please call her. Myth Monnich 
Bayoud had a visit from Lillian and lohn 
Sweeney 1 2/98. They see Melanie 
Brown Steglich (78) and Lee and Bri- 
anna Boswell Brown and Randy in Dal- 
las with club activities. She stays in touch 
with Leslie Ludwick Biers and )anet 
Hughes Wiles. Neiman Marcus keeps her 
busy as well as SBC Alumnae Board and 
Board of Directors. Carolyn Hallahan Sa- 
lomon is enjoying married life with hus- 
band Robert. They finally finished 3 
years of restoring a 1921 house. New ad- 
dress: 4751 Mussetter Road, Ijamsville, 
MD 21 754. They are expecting their first 
baby boy in April. She is still doing svs- 
tems program networking. Nancy Bade 
Fuller saw Francie Root and Ann Yauger 
in NYC 2/98, and hopes to see them 
2/99. Caroline (16), Elizabeth (13) and 
Craig (6) keep her busy. Betsy Thomas 
Rook is in Glendale CA with Roger and 
Wiley (5) and Kirby (14 months). She 
takes a break from motherhood to audi- 
tion for acting roles. She'd like to finish 
her writing project started in early 1997. 
Emily Quinn McDermott is busy and 
happy with Elizabeth (4) and Faith (1). To 
get away from the changing table, she 
runs a children's clothing business out of 
her home and stays involved with 
fundraising and hospital work for the |r. 
League. Irish Longest Tyler and her hus- 
band bought their home at a foreclosure 
auction and spent 2 months replacing 
roof and windows, cleaning and painting 
and generally working themselves to 
death. They spent 2 weeks at Ocracoke, 
NC in between hurricanes. She keeps in 
touch with Carolyn Birbick Thomason in 
Wilmington, NC. Pam Koehler Elmets 
moved to a new home with more space 
and a great backyard. Lauren and An- 
drew (91 and Caroline (31 are happy and 
healthy! Anne Secor is still in NYC, art 
directing at j. Crew and singing in a rock 
band. Six gigs so far and more on the 
way! She has applied to become a big 
sister to an 1 1 -year-old and after that may 
join the Peace Corps. She still lives in her 
Tribeca loft with Marley and Farnsworth, 
her 2 cats. Laurie Newman Tuchel 
moved from Indanapolis to Princeton, 
Nj. (Their sixth move in 13 years). Very 
happy to be back on the East Coast. They 
celebrated her 40th birthday with a fam- 
ily trip to Provence and Italy. Her oldest 
son, Andrew (10) completed a week at 
Space Camp receiving his wings on New 
Year's Day! lames (7) was kept busy at 
Disney Wodd! Charles has a new posi- 
tion as CEO of a specialty chemical com- 
pany with worldwide headquarters near 
Princeton. They managed to see Lisa 
Greenburg and family last May and 
Jeannine Harris is only an hour away. 
Carolyn Birbeck Thomas is doing well in 
Wilmington, NC. They all traveled a lot 
last year. She has cut back on her hours 
so she can pick Paul up from kinder- 
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manager and loves it! Jeannine Davis 

Harris still works in real estate in Mend- 
ham, N|. Please call for N| real estate in- 
formation. She saw Barbara and Fanny 
in NYC! Celebrated Jill's painting pre- 
view at the NYC Junior League. Looking 
forward to a wild SBC reunion with 
friends in the spring. Leigh (7), Reid (5) 
and Brad (1 ) keep growing! Ann Con- 
nolly Reagan made a quick trip to Ma- 
jorca in April and attended a birthday 
lunch where lenny McCarthy (MTV star) 
and Norman Lear were also guests! She 
still works at The Dragon's Nest Toy 
Store part time and cares for Hannah ( 1 0) 
full time. She is on a tennis team in 
Newburyport and skied last winter. Her 
tennis partner is president of the YWCA 
board, so guess where Ann has been! It 
is only a 2-hour period once a month 
where she is absolutely silent! Cynthia 
Stover Motyka is still in Sudbury, MA, 
trying to balance a hectic life with her 3- 
year-old twins Adam and Amanda, while 
selling real estate! She stays in touch 
with fellow SBCers Ann Sergeant, Ann 
Connolly Reagan, Lisa Warti Connors 
and Brooke Hardin Randall. Hollis 
Hutchlns Volk is busy in Phoenix with 
Emma (8) and Chambers (51! She volun- 
teers at their school a lot! Chris is the 
Chief Operating Officer of FFCA. They 
had a great year: Aspen in luly, Bermuda 
in Oct. and for Thanksgiving a week in 
VA at the Homestead. They visited SBC 
and W&L; about 15 years since she has 
been to either place. They plan to do 
more improvements to their home this 
year. Amy Campbell Lamphere says 
things are grooving in NE (linally that 
football team lost and we began thinking 
of new things!) She spends her days 
working with artists, chauffeuring Jake (9) 
to soccer and Sarah (51 to the chess club! 
The kids are getting to be great skiers. 
too (whew, I can keep them now...) Amy 
is going to CO with Catherine Flaherty 
and some MPLS friends in Eeb. She loves 
e-mailing MImi Doe and Lillian Sweeney 
and Claire Dennison Griffith. Her hus- 
band )im is now CEO of a local Title In- 
surance Company. True Dow Datilio has 
been married 1 6 years now. She has a 4- 
year-old and 1 -year-old grandchild! Well, 
they are her husband's but she has a 6 
and 8-year-old of her own so that makes 
a true family of the 90's. True wants to 
know when we are going to have party? 
Like a cruise or beach weekend with 
everyone of us 40-year-old gals? E-mail 
me at ROBERTS6YM@.COM with some 

Janet Hughes Wiles and 5 children 
are doing well, 3 in school and 2 at 
home! They took 2 trips to Paris and had 
dinner with her |r Year Abroad mom! 
They will take her boys to Vail for the 
World Ski Championships, then plan to 
meet Myth Monnich Bayoud in Vail for 
luly 4th Shannon Thompson Eadon has 
been busy, but the highlight was Susan 
Posey's surprise 40th birthday at the 
Rainbow Room and spending the week- 
end with Susan, Francie Roof, Muffit 
Sweeney and Eithne Broderick Carlin. 
Eithne is still in Cape Cod. Her children 
are growing fast and furious. Candace (8) 
is quite a horsewoman — she sees a 
horse in her future! John will be 7 and is 
quite the sportsman either on the ice, the 
soccer field, the baseball field or the 
beach! Only additions have been a kitten 
and a Weimaraner puppy. 

Leslie Ludwick Bires moved from 
Washington, DC to San Francisco 4 years 

ago. She keeps close to SBC alums and 
some really clever current students. You 
are never too far away she has found! 
Most exciting news of 1 998 is that she 
found the man of her dreams in SF and 
was married one year ago on Valentine's 
Day! Tom Bires is from the east too. He 
is a passionate golfer when he is not 
writing software as a consultant. Leslie is 
enjoying her third year at Bank of Amer- 
ica as Vice President for Marketing (cor- 
porate side). It is a great switch from the 
political/lobbying world of DC. Julia 
Grosvenor Sanford is still in Lookout 
Mountain, GA with husband Keith and 
children Charles (12), Phillip (9), Julia (7) 
and Elizabeth (5). Keith works at First 
Tennessee Bank in Chattanooga as an 
EVP and lulia enjoys working as a full 
time homemaker, and volunteering in 
school and church. Georgia Schley 
Ritchie is expecting number three in July 
and still enjoying Tokyo! Possibility of a 
return to live in Atlanta this summer after 
12 years abroad! Vivien Olsen is doing 
fine in Topeka, KS. She is due to graduate 
from law school in 1 2/99. Then she will 
relocate. Her sons Caleb (9) and Luke (7| 
are wonderful! Life is good, but single 
parenting is always challenging and ex- 
hausting! Anyone know the whereabouts 
of Mary Sue Hagerty? Thanks a bunch! 

Beth Fletcher Lubin writes that their 
beach home burned to the ground during 
Hurricane George! Hill is in the 5th 
grade and Marvin marked 30 years with 
Merrill Lynch. Beth continues as a soccer 
mom and loves every minute of it! Gail 
Coyne Pierdiluca married Michael 
8/23/97. They moved from Madison. Wl 
to Chicago and renovated a home, a 
year-long process. They enjoy boating on 
Lake Michigan. Gail saw Alice Benton 
Major I 79i, Frances Biggers Flock ('791 
and Beth Newbury Phillips. Went to 
Chicago SBC summer luncheon at 
Neiman Marcus and saw Allison Roberts 
Greene '81 , club President. Visited SBC 
tor the first time since graduation in fall 
of 1997 and stayed at the Elston Inn. 
Carson Freemon Meinen is on a fast 
schedule, she just can't say no to volun- 
teering! Her family went to New Zealand 
last Feb. for her brother's wedding. San- 
dra Rappaccioli Padilla finds with 5 chil- 
dren in the house, life is never dull! The 
first four are in school and Felipe (2) 
stays at home. Sandra has a bookstore 
and works there in the morning. Max 
was just named Secretary of Social Ser- 
vices by the President. He is excited 
about his new job. The opportunity to 
help kids is great! Hurricane Mitch did 
lots of damage to her country; they were 
safe and not affected but the poor people 
suffered major damage. Mitch Baruch 
Jeffery is back in NYC after living in the 
boring suburbs of CT for two years. Char- 
lie (141 is in 8th grade and Jane (4) 
started nursery school. |im and Mitch 
spent Christmas break in EL. Pulling their 
new apartment together sure beats the 
advertising world! Let's hear it for retire- 

Lisa Schneider Thornton sent a great 
picture ot Amy Campbell Lamphere, 
Catherine Flaherty, Fannie Zollicoffer 
and herself at Catherine's surprise birth- 
day party! They spent a week in Annapo- 
lis where they saw Charlotte Cay 
Gerhardt and family At the end of sum- 
mer they saw Nancy Webb in Fairfield. 
Tim is now 9 and Brian is 7. 

I have been busy teaching a Pre-K 
class at a local church every day, then 

working in the after-school program 3 
days a week at my children's school. 
Katie (11 ] is busy with club soccer and 
Brian (9) loves football, basketball and 
now we are on the baseball fields! Jon 
moved law firms and now works for 
Minkin and Synder in Buckhead and 
loves it. I see Nancy Hatch 
Schwartzmiller (791 a lot and talk to 
Hollis Hutchins Volk periodically. Have 
a great 1999 — see you at the Reunion! 


President: Miriam Baker Morris 
Secretary: Melissa Byrne Partington 
Fund Agent: Tracy Catewood Lyons 

Greetings to everyone again and 
thanks for all of your responses! Robert, 
Rachel and I will be making a major 
change this year! Robert is going to semi- 
nary in the Boston area and we will be 
moving up there to live for the next three 
or four years. Mason Bennett Rummel's 
children are 11, 9 and 7. Rick started his 
own company in neurosurgical sales and 
she was promoted to Executive Director 
of the Brown Foundation. Mimi Kitchel 
Decamp has been in the real estate busi- 
ness 1 2 years. She and Bill have two 
boys. They enjoy all types of sports with 
their boys and are looking forward to 
their new NFL team in Nashville! Vir- 
ginia Claus Buyck had her third child, a 
daughter in Nov. They moved to a new 
house and spent all of 1998 renovating. 
Libby Glenn Fisher continues to work 
part time as the General Manager for a 
lax and accounting firm. Charlie is still 
with P&G, and his frequent flyer miles 
keep their family vacations going. Libby 
is also the Finance Chairperson and on 
the Vestr\' at her church. Michelle Mc- 
Swain Williams had a daughter in Aug.! 
She and David along with her brothers 
are thrilled with their future "Sweet Briar 
Girl ". Betsy Birkhead Click is now a full 
time mom and loving if! She has two 
boys, Christopher and Kevin. She had a 
reunion over 4th of luly with Julia Bass 
Randall, Amy Seddon Leger and Lizanne 
Schumacher Quinn in Hingham, MA. 
Wylie Jameson Small was named again 
to the 1998-1999 Who's Who Among 
American Teachers. She is doing free- 
lance web design and maintaining her 
own web magazine. Patee White Ram- 
sey's children are now 7, 5 and 3 years 
old. She is busy with schools, church 
and extracurricular activities for the chil- 
dren. Grayson Harris Lane now has 2 
children: Campbell, and Robert. She is 
very busy with them, her dissertation 
which she plans to complete by 12/99, 
and volunteer work for the Jr. League and 
the new Cantor Arts Center, Stanford 
University Julia Bass Randall is back into 
horseback riding, which she shares with 
her 7-year-old daughter. She does volun- 
teer tutoring for pregnant/parenting 
teenagers with the |r. League of Boston. 
Miriam Baker Morris is still Co-Director 
of Christian Education at her church in 
Birmingham. She plans a get-together 
with Elizabeth Cahill Sharman '84, Vir- 
ginia Claus Buyck and Mary Pope Hut- 
son in Atlanta Elena Quevedo Chivas 
has a very full life in NYC! She is a 
mother of two, teaching art history part 
time at the NY School of Interior Design 
as well as visiting professor at Rutgers 
University. Leslie Malone Berger will fin- 
ish her Masters in Communicative Disor- 

der (Speech Pathology) 1 2/99. Her sons 
are both enjoying school and playing 
soccer. Her daughter likes to go to the 
games and cheer for "her guys". Pam 
Dickens Sellars retired from the Senate 
last |an. and is now at home full time. 
Melissa Pruyn Vaughan was promoted 
last Aug. to Chief Operating Officer of 
Flapdoodles. Their family moved to a 
new home in Greenville, DE. She is 
looking forward to visiting Danielle De- 
Paul Morgenthaler and her new baby 
this spring in St, Louis. Amy Boyce Osaki 
and husband lohn continue to run their 
company Walking Softly Adventures 
leading trips throughout the wodd. Blair 
Clark Smith writes that ALL of the Smiths 
are in school including Blair who is in 
graduate school-homework is plentiful 
and time is not Catherine Campbell is 
busy teaching by day and working as a 
manager at a pharmacy by night! Kim 
Howell Franklin is still at the National 
Fisheries Institute. She traveled to Turkey 
with her husband in July. Daughter Is- 
abelle is 3. She attended Ellen Howard's 
wedding in AL and saw Danielle DePaul 
Morgenthaler, Melissa Pruyn Vaughan, 
Wynn Henderson, Tracy Catewood 
Lyons, Janet Lewis and Joan McGettigan. 
Wendy Chapin Albert and her husband 
started a new business in addition to 
their current jobs. Wendy is a realtor and 
her husband. Tolly is a stockbroker. Ellen 
Chaney Webster was married to Christo- 
pher last Ma\'. Mary Ware Gibson and 
Kathy Barrett were at the wedding. Alice 
Cutting Laimbeer is busy with family and 
work. Suzy Ireland Dupree is busy being 
a mom to Emily 7, Elizabeth, 5 and 
Leighton, 2, and getting her new house 
in order. Sara Sutton Brophy is a grant 
and magazine writer and historic preser- 
vation professional working from home. 
Gigi Harsh Mossburg is busy with her 
two sons Tyler and Garrett. She saw Bar- 
bara Pratt Zerega recently to celebrate 
her birthday Amy Lisner Kaiser had a 
son last Nov Rhoda Harris Irwin and 
Deborah Price Bowman w ere at her 
shower Martha Riggs Lowrey has been 
focused on assisting her husband who is 
in need of a liver/kidney transplant. She 
is still in interior design and volunteering 
with the |r. League. After 1 1 years in the 
Washington, DC area, Elizabeth Taylor 
Seifert and family have moved to NC. 
Elizabeth is working for Glaxo and Mark 
is starting a consulting practice. Carolyn 
Hall Ringhoffer has two daughters and is 
still in private OB/GYN practice in Mo- 
bile, AL. Ellen Clare Gillespie Dryer's 
children are 6,5 and 2 and she is busy 
with their school and volunteer work. 
Sarah Edmunds Butters is bus\' with her 
son Ell and continues to swim. Kathy 
Barrett is recovering from a fall off a 
horse. She works part-time as a bridal 
consultant and part-time on her farm. 
Melissa Cope Morrisette is busy with her 
3 children and her career as a pharma- 
ceutical sales manager. Adriana Garza 
Read is expecting a baby boy in June. 
Suzy Balog Ingram had a daughter in 
Sept., Caroline, joining sister Emma, now 
2. Husband Steve was promoted to part- 
ner at Arthur Andersen, LLP The Ingrams 
moved to a bigger house, still in An- 
dover, MA. Alicia Nygaard McNutt was 
married 3/97. She and her husband. Dr. 
Nace Anthony Formagus, Jr., are busy 
raising their children, working in their 
dental practice and establishing prayer 
evangelism across their city in TX. Nancy 
Cunningham Mauck is still in Richmond 

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and painting portraits. Besides painting 
the children of classmates Anne Little 
Woolley, Cretchen Wulster Millar, Lizzie 
Pierpoint Kerrison and Kaky Connors 
Cassada '86, she recently finished her 
first corporate commission. Suzanne 
Turner Brennan loved reunion and can't 
wait until the next one! I can't wait ei- 
ther! I hope to see you all there. 


President: Jennifer Crossland 
Secretary: Mary |o Biscardi Brown 
Fund Agents: Beth Ann Trapold Newton, 
Carol Anne Dickson 

Susan Finn Adams, Michael, Eliza- 
beth (4 1/2), and Benjamin (19 mos.l 
welcomed |ohn Thomas, born 1/21/99. 
Leigh Ringler Bennett works for Com- 
puter Sciences Corporation, and has 
started riding competitively again. Beth 
Spielvogel Bobango married 2/99-lives m 
FL. Rushton Haskell Callaghan ran the 
Twin Cities Marathon 10/98 and finished 
in the top 50 women overall! She is the 
Exec. Director, Mark Brunei! Foundation 
and Fan Club. Lynn Mather Charette en- 
joys life in CT with boys, Ben (41 and 
Tucker (21 and does volunteer financial 
work. Had '98 reunion with Elizabeth 
Gallagher, Beth Ann Trapold Newton, 
Allison Akeson Bond, Stephanie Hamil- 
ton, Beth Doyle Teare and Ava Spanier. 
Susan Swagler Cowles, Robby, Elli (61, 
lake (3) are in Tuscaloosa and planning 
to build a house. Is active in |r. League 
and contemplating working again at 
Univ. of AL. Jenny Crossland bought a 
house in Richmond. She sees SBC bud- 
dies Denton Freeman Kump ('88| and 
Anne Robling Percival ('881, and recently 
saw Allison Kohlep Adkins. Terry Cer- 
rina Davis and husband, Terry, are living 
in Park Ridge, N| and are busy working, 
redecorating, gardening, etc. Would love 
hearing from anyone in NY area. Linda 
DeVogt was elected Third Vice President 
of the Alumnae Board, is the editor of the 
Richmond junior League Newsletter, and 
serves as an elder in her church. She sees 
|en Crossland, Ann Percival ('88), and 
Denton Kump (88) Carol Ann Dickson 
recently curated an exhibition for the 
Smithsonian on Post Office murals from 
the 1930s and 1940s. Is now full-time 
mom to daughter, Madeleine Grace, bom 
7/9/98. Alyson Carey Goods is riding 
and instructing again after 10 years! Has 
two children, lack (3) and Avery (1). 
Missy Duggins Green and Ken wel- 
comed Miles Hereford Green, on 
7/20/98. Debby Klepac-Gaskill married 8 
years to Greer, has a daughter, Lillian (5) 
and a son, William (1). Debby is teach- 
ing math in Margate, N|. Keeps up with 
Vicki Wolf Rosenfeld. Patty Click man- 
ages the Climate Change & Wildlife Pro- 
gram for the National Wildlife Federation 
in Washington, D.C. Married to Dan 
Kress for 6 years; they have two dogs 
and a horse. Stephanie Hamilton Gre- 
gory is partner with husband, Devin, in a 
building/ development business and 
kitchen cabinetry company. She works 
from home and spends time with Emma 
lane (2). Michelle Miller Haddad re- 
signed from teaching to stay home with 
Isabella, born 5/98. Isabella joins Ariana 
(8) and Susannah (6). Would love to hear 
from SBCers who lived in the Language 
House in '86. Elizabeth Sheehan Ham- 
rick is in Savannah, GA, has 2 children 

Shaw (6) and Elizabeth Cullen ("Lizzie"), 
born n/97 - and works part-time at 
Managed Comp. Saw Ashley Simmons 
Bright and Mimi Holland Dinsmore, 
summer '98. Eve Hill moved to Los An- 
geles, is Executive Director, Western Law 
Center for Disability Rights, working on 
cutting-edge civil rights cases, and 
teaches at Loyola Law School. Is in touch 
with Mary Beth Miller and Jennifer 
Green Mitchell. Meme Boulware Hobbs 
keeps Ijusy with Libby (5) and Whit (3l 
and enjoys home improvement projects 
in their new home. Will see Holly Mc- 
Govern Barber, Ashley Simmons Bright 
and Elizabeth Sheehan Hamrick in '99 
Dayna Avery Hulme and Tom welcomed 
second child, Alexandra Frances, 
6/15/98. Dayna is with Columbia/HCA 
Healthcare practicing medical malprac- 
tice defense. After a four-month honey- 
moon to Australia, New Zealand, 
Thailand and South Africa, Deanne Daw- 
son James and David moved from Lon- 
don to Charlotte, NC. Deanne continues 
working for Amdahl. Susan Smith Karp 
lives in Charlotte. NC. She and Andrew 
have tvvins, Harrison and Amy, born 4/98 
and Eliza, who is in kindergarten. 
Catherine L. Kendall is teaching at the 
University of Tennessee's School of Ar- 
chitecture and Design in the Interior De- 
sign Program and plans to marry Harry 
Lawrence Quigley 5/22/99. Shannon 
"Spunk" Kuehlwein survived the NH Po- 
lice Academy and is a police officer in 
Hanover, NH. Lives in Vermont with her 
partner, 2 dogs, a cat, and is an active 
firefighter and EMT. Julia Andrews Lewis 
lives in Raleigh and is a reporter for a 
local TV station. She sees Olivia Pettifer 
(Cary Hardin '86) often-they live 2 
blocks apart! Elizabeth Lindsay suffered 
the loss of her father in 5/98 and is trying 
to get back on track. She is enjoying edit- 
ing work for ETS via telecommunication. 
Mariah Smith Malik traveled to Paris and 
London m '98. She keeps in touch with 
McKenzie Reed Van Meel, Alyson Carey 
Goods, Catherine Callender Sauls and 
Barbara Smith (87) Lisa Marks works 
for Parke-Davis Pharmaceuticals in 
Wilmington, NC and is getting her MBA 
at UNC. Visited Quinci Stevenson Velie 
in England 10/98 and summer '98 en- 
joyed girls' week, Wrightsville Beach, NC 
with Elizabeth Wood Kleppe, and 
Quinci. Evie Newell Angevine, husband, 
and 2 labs are Ijack in Virginia, where 
she obtained her real estate license AND 
started riding again after a 10 year break. 
Speaks with Louise Van Patten, who has 
just moved to LA. Karen Gonya Nickles 
teaches (11 years now) reading and Eng- 
lish to emotionally handicapped and 
learning disabled students and coaches 
her son Garrett's soccer team. Robyn Bai- 
ley Orchard teaches 8th grade English at 
Indiana Area junior H.S., serves on the 
vestry of Christ Church and sings in the 
choir. Mary Beth Miller Orson and Carl 
are in Scottsdale, AZ, where she is a cor- 
porate lawyer with Quarles & Brady. 
They are expecting their 1st child 2/99. 
Beth Conner Pace, Pat and Allison wel- 
comed Patrick Conner Pace, 1/25/99. 
Beth does grant writing on a volunteer 
basis. Desiree A. Petrus had her first 
book, entitled How to Start a Business In 
Pennsylvania, published by Sourcebooks 
3/98. She works for the Senate Trans- 
portation Committee in PA as their legal 
counsel. She also graduated from Yale 
University's Campaign School and enjoys 
her "second" career - managing political 

campaigns. Olivia Hardin Pettifer will 
graduate with a degree in Interior Design 
from Meredith College in 5/99. She 
works for Stewart Woodard, a well- 
known local designer. Married for 3 
years. Ann Bruce Faircloth Porter enjoys 
daughter, Brucie (1 1/2), her new home, 
her real estate career, and teaching Sun- 
day school. Stephanie Jones Renfro, |im, 
Helen (7), and Caven (5) love life in Col- 
orado Springs. She sees Kathy Bryan 
Sanders ('87) and her family often. 
Nancy Buckey Rothacker married jack 
5/2/98 and they live in Avon, OH. Missy 
Duggins Green and Rushton Haskell 
Callaghan were bridesmaids: in atten- 
dance were Karen Gonya Nickles, Ann 
Smith, Beth Conner Pace & Katie Hearn 
('851. Nancy is an investment associate at 
Paine Webber. Catherine Callender Sauls 
and Rolfe welcomed Luke Porter Sauls, 
11/23/98. They live in Denver, CO where 
Catherine nurtures Noah (3 1/2) and 
Luke while part-timing with DK Books. 
Spent a weekend in Myrtle Beach with 
Suzanne Craft Bailey and family 8/98. 
Catherine McNease Stevens and Nelson 
moved to Alton, VA 10/97 and live in a 
circa 1 796 farmhouse with their horses, 
cows, dogs, cat, and peacocks. Cathy 
works with Nelson's business in South 
Boston, VA. Sharon Beard Testa is com- 
pleting her second year of the Psy. D 
Program in Counseling Psychology AND 
she and Scott are expecting twins 7/99! 
She sees Mary Johnson Ryan and Cara 
Heard Ellicott, who is expecting her 2nd 
child 4/99. McKenzie Reed Van Meel 
and Kees are expecting their 1st child in 
5/99. McKenzie started rowing crew in 
the Amstel River last fall. Cathy Lowrey 
Wallace married last year, lives in Col- 
orado Springs. Barb Brasted Wait and 
Scott had their 1st child, Samuel David 
Wait, 12/29/97 and are expecting their 
2nd 6/99. Valerie Winborne starred in 
"Sugar Tit" at Dance Theater Workshop 
in NYC, 2/08. New York Times called 
her "daring" and "irresistibly funny". 
Louanne Woody completed another suc- 
cesstul year ('98) selling real estate on 
the Outer Banks, NC and is preparing to 
obtain her broker's license. Sandy 
Bernard Wyllie and Kevin have one son, 
Cameron ( 1 8 mos.), and are expecting 
baby #2 in 4/99. Sandy works at Fannie 
Mae (11 1/2 yrs. now) as a "Financial En- 
gineer" doing credit risk pricing. She va- 
cationed with Anne Merriman Duffy and 
family on Cape Cod. Anne had 2nd 
baby, William, 12/13/98. I, Mary jo Bis- 
cardi Brown, am living in Copenhagen, 
Denmark, for 14 months as a result of 
my husband's job with a Danish com- 
pany. Having a great time in this beauti- 
ful place! 


President: Kimberly Kline 
Secretary: Emmy Leung 
Fund Agent: Beth Roland 

Can you believe we've been out of 
college 1 years? All of us have been 
quite busy with new jobs, weddings, 
children, new homes and lots more! I'm 
still living in Richmond and have been a 
Technical Representative for Wako 
Chemicals USA for a year! I visited with 
JoAnn Bogolin while on a business trip 
to Atlanta! She has a new job as an actu- 
ary at Towers Perrin. Her greyhound, Ms. 
Danielle, passed away last Easter. In 

Sept., I saw Stacey Hannan Quinn at 

Alumnae Council! She is a Principal 
Technical Writer at Siemens, writing doc- 
umentation for wireless communications. 
She and Michael are still renovating their 
home in Boca Raton. Kate Robinson 
married John Hillestad on 7/3/98. They 
now live in Richmond. Ellen Duffie-Fritz 
and Keith live in Midlothian, VA with 
daughters Amanda, Bnttany and Char- 
lotte. Sandy Compton married Neil Sell- 
man 4/3/98. They bought a townhouse in 
Laurel, MD. Sandy teaches 1st Grade in 
Adelphi, MD. Margaret Frazier is the Di- 
rector of Development at the Memphis 
Botanic Garden. She recently bought a 
new house! Amy Sanidas works part- 
time at Deloitte Consulting in San Fran- 
cisco. She has also launched her own 
information consulting firm, Aesop Infor- 
mation ( She and 
Daniel Ames got engaged while vaca- 
tioning in Thailand. A Sept. wedding is 
planned. Sharon Bittner is a Biblio- 
graphic Instruction/Reference Librarian at 
UNC-Wilmington. Donna Meyer 
Hodgert is still living in Lynchburg and 
teaching 6th grade at Forest Middle 
School. She and lerry are expecting their 
second child in May. Leza Griffith mar- 
ried Cord L. Neal on Halloween, in a 
costume wedding. They are building 
their house on 20 acres in Millers, MD. 
Beth Donald Owen and Bill had a baby 
boy, John Charles, 1/1/99, (What a New 
Year's?!?). They have moved to Morris- 
town, N|. Rebecca Hendrix works in 
marketing lor a London jeweler, Asprey 
6, Garrard in NYC. She sees Deborah 
Schmidt who is VP of Trusts & Estates at 
Sotheby's. Sarah Anderson Stanton and 
Murray plan to break ground for their 
new house this Spring. Their son. Gray, 
is one. Jill Whittaker Player and Jake 
(HSC '91 ) live in Georgetown, TX. They 
plan to move to Austin this year. Jill en- 
joys being at home with son, josh 
(10/1 5/97), and their golden retriever. 
Legare Davis married Hank Vest in '92. 
She teaches chemistry at Harpeth Hall 
School, an all-gids college prep school in 
Nashville, TN. Wesley Powell Lassen is a 
buyer for Parisian. She was in Christine 
Hostelley's wedding 8/98. Sherri Brock- 
well Dymon and Bill moved back (o 
Richmond, 7/96. They have a son, An- 
drew (7/19/98), and daughter, Jessica (4). 
She recently visited Tracy Carter Warren 
and her daughter, Caroline (4) and son. 
Drew (11/15/98). Deana "Bunny" Catana 
Lemert and her husband enioyed a trip 
to the Caribbean. It was their first trip 
away from daughter, Phebe (1 ). Bunny 
enjoys being a full-time mom. Kimberly 
Willock started a new job at Marketing 
Services Group Inc. She is Vice Presi- 
dent, Strategic Business Development. 
This job continues her work in the 
Broadway and Art community and she 
hopes to branch into the movie industry. 
Sarah Consolino Murphy and Bill moved 
to N| with Bill's job at Bristol-Myers 
Squibb. They are enjoying their children 
Carolyn (4) and Ben (1 ), plus a chocolate 
lab. Madison. They are also expecting 
another baby in Aug.! Virginia S. Culp is 
living in Cape Town, South .Africa, work- 
ing for an international trading company, 
Irvin & Johnson. She travels to the Far 
East frequently to develop markets for S. 
African seafood. (Thanks to her mother, 
Elizabeth Culp, for sending her news!) 
Beth Gottlieb still lives in Atlanta. She 
works for Donaldson & Co., Inc., an in- 
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Cabell Wolklewicz and Bill are still in 
Powhatan, VA. She is a first-year law stu- 
dent at T.C. Williams and hopes to grad- 
uate by 1 2/2000. Susan Chicone Chapin 
returned to her hometown, Orlando, FL, 
two years ago to work in the family citrus 
and real estate business. She married 
Roger on 5/2/98. She is in the Executive 
MBA program at Crummer School at 
Rollins College. She graduates 4/24/99. 
Shelley Brashear Tomlln enjoys living in 
Dallas with her husband, Edward, and 
two children, Haley (3) and Edward- 
lames (1). She is still volunteering at the 
county hospital in Labor and Delivery. 
Helen Bradley Tarbufton and Charles 
still live in Sandersville, GA. Their 
daughter, Mary Helen is one and they're 
expecting their second child, 7/99. Kris- 
ten Layman Mahoney and lack have a 
new puppy. Buttercup. Kristen left the 
lustice Dept. in DC, and was appointed 
Director of Grants for the Baltimore City 
Police Dept. Colleen Bradley Bell still 
works 3 days a week on The Bold and 
the Beautiful. She has two children, 
Chasen (4) and Caroline 12). She volun- 
teers for Best Buddies, for people with 
developmental disabilities. Karen Greer 
Coss has two little boys, Nicholas and 
Philip Samuel. Laura Lawson Trevey and 
Sam still live in Richmond. They have 
two little ,i;irls, Carole (2) and Catherine 
(1). Jill Needham Dunn is teaching 8th 
grade. Her son Ryan is two. Andrea 
Williams Oakes still lives in Staunton, 
VA. She works for the Cincinnati Insur- 
ance Company. She has two daughters, 
laclyn |4I and Alexandria (3). Brooke 
Haw Spencer still lives in Chadottesville. 
She has two daughters. Tish Markey Hut- 
ter sends greetings from Minneapolis, 
MN. She enjoys staying home with Har- 
rison (5) and Katherine (3). |ulie Littleton 
Smith is expecting baby #3 in Aug. Har- 
rison is now six and Drew is one. She is 
busy with the move to a bigger house 
and planning for the new baby. Melissa 
Reed Hammond and Andrew live on 
Martha's Vineyard with children, Char- 
lotte (3/97) and Malcolm (11/981. Melissa 
does volunteer work and Andy works for 
the Coast Guard in Boston. Krista Biggs 
finished her MLS. She got engaged be- 
fore Christmas to Craig Phillips. She will 
be starting a job as a librarian and plan- 
ning a wedding in the Fall. Michelle 
Teuscher Walsh works for IBM. She and 
Dan celebrated their 5-year anniversary 
9/98, with a wonderful trip to Canada. 
They are expecting their first child 8/99. 
Johanna Brown Lopez, husband, Fer- 
nando and children Ariel, Gabrielle and 
Noelle lived in Ecuador for the last 6 
years. They are now living in San Anto- 
nio, TX. lohanna is working as an admin- 
istrator for a European day spa. She 
would love to hear from old friends, Ruth Taul Mag- 
nusson and Peter traveled to Italy and 
France last summer. They have moved to 
San Francisco. Ruth is still teaching. Beth 
Hodgkins Green, Brad and son, Michael 
(3) are living in Framingham, MA. Brad is 
a Systems Administrator and Beth is a 
stay-home mom. She has however de- 
signed and marketed a preschool music 
program. She is now known as the Music 
Lady and visits several schools. Tracy 
Worthington Cinn is expecting a baby 
boy in |une! Raquel Hickman Thiebes is 
still in Stuttgart, Germany. Her husband 
is now a Company Commander of an 
Army Special Forces Company. They are 
expecting their second child, a boy, in 

May Whitney Bay still works at Maritz 
Travel. She just moved into a small 
house. She enjoys kickboxing and has 
earned her green belt. She also target 
shoots. Abby Carter, Eric Rudenshiold, 
and son Alexander are still living in 
Copenhagen, Denmark. They have been 
able to share their life overseas with 
friends and family by creating a great 
web page! 

Thanks to joAnn and Stacey 
for their work as Reunion Gifts Co- 
Chairs! Thanks to everyone who volun- 
teered their time for the Class of '89 and 
SBC! Keep up the good work! Holla! 


President: Catherine Gornto Freeman 
Secretary: Kimberly Olmstead Calhoun 
Fund Agents: Keely Sullivan Jurgovan, 
Margaret McClellan Driscoll 

Julie Brideweser is in Ohio working 
at the Children's Hospital in ICU and she 
stays in touch with Cara Ardemagni 
LaRoche. Kelly Morton Robinson is preg- 
nant again with a girl, Caroline, due 
5/8/99! She and her husband are busy 
with Andrew (41 and Hannah (2) while 
also involved with the Cancer Society. 
Amy Bingaman will be married on 
9/25/99 to Matthew Sinclair. She also is 
also running her own outfitting business 
in Idaho where she offers 7. - 12-day 
river trips and more! Kelly Arden lives in 
NYC and loves her job as the Assistant 
Coordinator in outpatient neurology at 
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. 
Kate Haw is director of an art gallery in 
NYC where she meets interesting people 
and learns about running a business. 
Erica Thompson moved to Seattle from 
Spain last year and is working as Re- 
gional Sales Manager for a software com- 
pany, TCS. Brett Haltiwanger will 
graduate from graduate school 5/99 and 
hopes to live in CA or CO. Kelly Brown 
Estes is teaching and raising her son, 
Benjamin i2) and expecting 3/99! Lor! 
Saraniero Butterfield and her husband 
moved into their first home in 
Charleston. She is enjoying work at a 
jewelry store. Harriet Farmer is living 
and kayaking in CO and teaching art to 
h.s. students. Kory Aldrian is getting mar- 
ried on 9/5/99 and going to nursing 
school this spring, Kimberly McGraw Fu- 
sion was promoted lo Vice President at 
IP Morgan and had a fun reunion with 
Trienel Ahearn, Margaret McClellan 
Driscoll and Tracy Steele in Chicago. 
Charlotte Bonini is getting used to NYC 
with many thanks to Diana Bradford and 
Kate Haw uho have made the transition 
easier! Abby O'Steen Reeder had a baby 
boy this past year and is busy keeping up 
with him and her husband in NC. Amy 
Ghiz is a legal secretary for a law firm in 
Atlanta and sees Sonia Haddad Salftry 
and Nora Oney. Ann Knoke is living in 
VA and working at Tyson's Corner. Along 
with Ann, Toi Reynolds, Kristina Glusac 
and loely Hetherington were at Carrie 
Bake Wong's wedding on 8/29/98. Car- 
rie started a full time MBA program at 
the Univ. of Michigan. Margaret Gibson 
is with a law firm and will tinish her 
MBA 8/00. She saw Catherine Gornto 
Freeman and met her daughter, Char- 
lotte, born on 8/31/98! Catherine and 
Margaret also keep up with Leise 
Scheppe Hammer who is pregnant and 

moving to Tampa in |une. Leise visited 
with Elizabeth Roane in NYC in 9/98. 
Carter Story Lloyd and her husband 
Aaron are proud parents of their first 
child. Hunter vvho was born on 
1 2/30/98. Julianne Hanneken Linza and 
her husband had Caroline Virginia born 
5/1 8/98. Cathy Hindman is busy teach- 
ing dance classes and keeps in touch 
with Tricia Pheil Hawbeeker. Suzie 
Georgi is working with Hines as Assistant 
Property Manager at the CM Global 
Headquarters in Detroit and keeps in 
touch with Diana Bradford. Heather 
Metzler Allen is working at Crestar Bank 
in Lynchburg and expecting her second 
child 2/99. She keeps up with Kelly 
Brown Estes, Teresa Jones Hyatt and 
Megan Spadaro Proffitt. Kathy Hughes 
graduated from vet school in 5/99 and 
will be going to VA Tech for a Ph.D. in 
aquatic animal medicine. She will marry 
Chris on 9/25/99. Holly Caswell King is 
Director of Development at the Georgia 
Nature Conservancy. Jennifer Toomey 
Driscoll and her husband Charles have a 
new addition to the family, Katharine 
Hannon IKatel. They are in Annapolis 
and spent the holidays with Margaret 
McClellan Driscoll, Sean and their new 
daughter Margaret McRae (McRael. Mar- 
garet IS doing well in Mobile and makes 
trips back to Atlanta to visit with Holly 
Caswell King and me! Diana Bradford is 
in NYC working for Prescriptives Interna- 
tional in the educational and develop- 
ment dept. Tracy Steele has taken a new 
job with a law firm practicing commer- 
cial real estate in DC. She lost her 
brother, John, tragically this summer due 
to an asthma attack but she has deeply 
appreciated all the support her SBC 
friends have shown her during that difti- 
culf time. Anne Vogel Swan is living in 
Montpelier, VT and is a baker at a bak- 
ery. They are expecting their first child in 
6/99. Elizabeth Conyers is a 
firefighter/paramedic in KY, one of 9 
women out of 450 firefighters! Lisa New- 
man has enjoyed seeing all the SBC'ers 
in NYC and loved visiting with Stephanie 
Edens in CO. Meg Moss and Stan started 
their own business doing graphic design, 
web development and communication 
projects for companies. Fie Carmouche 
Hill moved to FL, and got a great job as 
a technology coordinator at iupiter H.S. 
Their daughter Madison is two! Dabney 
Ledyard Hopkirk is working as a busi- 
ness systems planning consultant at First 
American National Bank and is expect- 
ing their second babv in 5/99. She saw 
Elaine Barksdale Finucane at a recent 
SBC gathering. Sarah Sorelle works for 
Dolby Surround Sound in CA and loves 
it! Christine Davidson Allen and her son 
Mitchell are busy in GA. Trienel Ahearn 
is graduating from U. of CO with a mas- 
ters in Urban & Regional Planning. She 
will be married on 9/11/99 to James 
Hickman, then moving to England! Car- 
olyn Griffin is the Associate Director of 
annual giving at Dickinson College in 
PA. Amy Peck is working in DC as a per- 
sonnel consultant. She visits with Jamie 
DelMonte Galbreath, Jackie Bates and 
Jackie Geets often. Muffin Crouch Camp 
and Morris live in Atlanta and Muftin 
had Millie Camp on 2/1/99 who will play 
with Tripp (2) soon! As for Clay and me, 
we are still in Atlanta and having a great 
time! I took a job as the Director of Ad- 
missions at Landmark Christian School 
and I love what I do! It is so great to hear 
from you all! II am sorry that I had to 

make your news short, but there was lit 
ited space.) Happy summer! 


President: Holly Prothro Philbin 
Secretary: Katherine June Maxwell 
Fund Agent: Beverley Caldwell Stone 

First and foremost, Mark your calen- 
dars for May 12-14, 2000 for our re- 
union. Start pinching those pennies, 
checking out airfares, and organizing 
your SBC photos for a fun-filled weekend 
of seeing old friends, walking the dairy, 
swimming in the lake, hanging out in 
Prothro, and checking out all the latest 
enhancements to our dear ol' SBC. Bev- 
erley Stone loves teaching 8th grade 
English in Henrico County, VA. She 
moved in to her parents until she finds a 
place of her own. She keeps in touch 
with Bergen Hall and Gwen Hickey-Bab- 
cock. Gwen and Devin live in PA where 
Gwen works with her father at United 
Sales Co where they've had a record 
year. She was nominated for Who's Who 
in Interior Design. Devin transferred back 
to Air Products and Chemicals. They 
traveled to Key West for their anniver- 
sary. Bergen Hall moved from Richmond 
to Boston where she lives with two 
roommates and works for Brown Broth- 
ers Harriman (a private banki in the 
Global Custody dept. She is happy to be 
closer to her family. Bergen went to 
Wendy Long Holland's wedding in Nan- 
tucket the summer of 1 998. Karen Gior- 
getti earned her Master's in Child 
Development and Family Studies from 
Purdue U. She is pursuing her doctoral 
degree in Counseling Psychology at Pur- 
due and is an adjunct faculty member at 
Ivy Tech State College in Lafayette, IN 
where she teaches algebra and child de- 
velopment. Sheila Miller lives in Staft'ord, 
VA and is engaged to Taylor Lane. They 
are hoping for a 6/2000 wedding at 
Sweet Briar. Eleanor Dickinson works for 
Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods Ad- 
vertising Agency in Little Rock, AR and 
loves it. She plans to move to Atlanta in 
the fall where she will attend a commer- 
cial art school. The Portfolio Center. 
Margaret Bruha joined Abbott Laborato- 
ries as a Contract Marketing Specialist for 
the Hospital Products Division (HPD) in 
Lake Bluft, IL. Margaret encountered a 
historical snowfall while touring China 
and pursues water-skiing and kayaking in 
Lake Michigan. English Griffith is a Ser- 
vice Manager for Merrill Lynch in Co- 
lumbia, SC. She's working through the 
challenges of home maintenance on her 
house of 1 1/2 years. Cee Cee Valentine 
attends South Texas College law school 
in Houston and is in Serena Putegnat '98 
law school section. Cee Cee plans to at- 
tend Julie Fivecoate's wedding to Mark 
in 7/99. Julie and Mark plan to stay in 
Minneapolis where Julie accepted a posi- 
tion with Maritz Research. Susan 
Wooldridge Yeatts, her husband and 
daughter live in Columbia, SC. Susan is 
expecting her second baby in 4/99. 
Susan keeps in touch with Genie Stark 
who is in law school at UVa and plan- 
ning to go into tax or health law. 
Amanda-Bliss Knost Thomas and her 
husband Yarko live in Raleigh, NC and 
she is a Bulk Foods Buyer for Whole 
Foods Market. She put her artwork on 
hold to open a coffeehouse with her hus- 
band. Heather Theis Hernandez married 

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Saul in 6/19/98 in Laguna Beach, CA. 
They bought a condo in 1/99, but Saul 
works in VA and Heather in CA. She says 
it's "the price they're forced to pay being 
motivated devil dogs'/' Both are in the 
Marines. Keena Seagle is an instructor at 
lames Madison U., VA and is engaged to 
marry Craig Thomas 8/7/99. Tricia Lynn 
will earn her teaching certificate in 
1 2/99. She works for a nonprofit com- 
pany during the summer and loves it. 
Kelly "Pepper" Coggshall is in her fourth 
year of grad. school at UVa. She's be- 
come an avid runner, gearing up for the 
Marine Corps Marathon in Oct. 
Stephanie Pearson Davis and Rob had a 
baby in 4/99. They've been living in NY 
but are moving when Rob leaves the 
Army in 6/99. Lucile Page will graduate 
from Emory nursing school and work in 
an intensive care unit. She is marrying 
Roy (Bud) E. Martin on 5/15/99 in 
Columbus, GA. Anna Reilly and Cathy 
Cummings will be bridesmaids. Anna 
Reilly is in her fourth year working for 
Sen. John Warner of VA. She lives in Ar- 
lington and enjoys seeing local friends. 
Cathy Cummings is a special events co- 
ordinator for Streetball International in 
San Francisco. She heads up their newest 
program called Yard Ball. Cathy saw 
Betsy Tilcomb who works for 
Lawrenceville Alum Office, where Betsy 
went to boarding school. Sarah Young 
lives outside DC and was promoted to 
VP of Human Resources at a software 
development co. She has traveled to 
Sweden and the Cayman Islands for fun 
and to Canada on business. Kathryn 
Czarkowski completed her M.S. in psy- 
chology and works in women's research 
clinic in the Yale U. School of Medicine 
Dept. of Psychiatry. She plans to apply to 
Ph.D. programs in Clinical Psychology. 
She lives happily with her boyfriend and 
their 3 cats. Megan Maltby lives with her 
sister in Richmond where she is earning 
her MSW. Jennifer Wissman Rosenkranz 
and her husband David moved from 
Nashville to Reno, NV where they will 
start a construction company. They are 
only one hour from Lake Tahoe. Kelly 
Hall is still teaching literature at Wes- 
leyan College. She spent last summer in 
England with her boyfriend and toured 
Asia with her family. Kate Warner 
moved to Chattanooga, TN where she 
"traded her tie-dyes and sunflowers for a 
zookeeper's uniform." Kate is an asst. to 
the education curator and loves working 
with the big cats! Kathy Whitby is in 
Richmond working at the Federal Re- 
serve Bank of Richmond-Public Rela- 
tions. She sees SBC friends at weddings. 
They will all see each other soon again 
at Eileen Yates's wedding to Brian in CA 
8/99. Eileen will finish her masters in Ge- 
netic Counseling at UC Irvine and take 
the National Boards 6/99. Brian is a 1st 
Lt. in division Reconnaissance at Pendle- 
ton, CA. Meredith Williams graduated 
from law school, passed the TX bar, and 
practices healthcare transaction and cor- 
porate fields in Dallas, TX. Carson 
Scheppe lives in Atlanta working for At- 
lanta Gift Mart and sees a lot of SBCers. 
Jessica John is an Asst. Concierge at the 
exclusive Windsor Club in Vero Beach, 
FL. She enjoys being near her family - es- 
pecially her little niece and nephew. 
Maren Howard Leggett married Peter in 
5/98 in Lynchburg. She and Peter reside 
in Lynchburg, where Maren will get a 
teaching certificate 5/99. Liz Dunck 
Hayes and Paul live in their house in 

Charlotte, NC and say they see a lot of 
Home Depot. They've had so many 
guests that their home is called the 
"Hayes Hotel." She says "thank you for 
all the prayers for her Mom; they're 
working but keep praying!" Liz will be a 
bridesmaid for Catherine Orr in 8/99 
when she marries Stephen Walters 
(brother of Tracy Walters '96) in Ml. They 
will remain in Vienna, VA where Stephen 
grew up and is now a consultant lor 
Freddie Mac, They went to Stephanie 
Arnold Toohey's wedding to John in 9/98 
in TX. Bridesmaids were Catherine Orr, 
Kara Dickey, and Elizabeth Dunck 
Hayes. Stephanie and lohn now live in 
Alexandria, VA but plan to move back to 
TX. Kara Dickey still works for the Na- 
tional Gallery Special Events Dept. in 
Washington, DC and visits her boyfriend 
James who is getting his MBC at Union 
College in NY. Sarah Butcher works and 
lives in MD and is busy with the Kiwanis 
club where she is chapter president. She 
says they have the youngest Kiwanis club 
in the world. Sarah keeps in touch with 
Tory McClintock Wade. Tory, Rob and 
Benjamin live in Farmville, VA. Rob 
works in the community clinic in Char- 
lotte County Hospital. Benjamin is 2 and 
going to preschool. Tory is active in the 
jr. Woman's League. Tory was matron of 
honor for (anae Thomas Miles wedding 
to Matt (H-SC '94) in 9/98. Tory also re- 
ports that Stephanie Scott Valente mar- 
ried and lives in FL. Amy Woods and 
Peter live in Dupont Circle, Washington, 
DC. Amy works at Interaction and 
spends a lot of time biking. Courtney 
Huffman Whetstone (LJVa '94) and her 
husband Todd have a daughter, Mary 
Rachael, 1. They live in Chesapeake, VA 
where Courtney teaches first grade, and 
Todd is an accountant. Sarah Scales lives 
and teaches kindergarten in San Fran- 
cisco. She keeps in touch with Wendy 
Long Holland and Eileen Yates. Sybil 
Walker Mercer and her husband 
Matthew live in Orlando, FL. Matthew is 
an artist for Disney World, Ashley is 10, 
and they have a new baby girl Noelani. 
Shana-Tara Regon teaches freshmen Eng- 
lish at Univ. of New Orleans. She's fin- 
ishing her first novel and will graduate 
5/99 with her MFA in creative writing. 
She plans to move to Boston with her fi- 
ancee Joseph and pursue a career in 
publishing. Heather Roll Swanson 
teaches freshmen English and ESL at 
Florida International Univ. in Miami, FL. 
She and her boyfriend Eric spend free 
time fishing and boating in the FL Keys. 
Amy Hunter and Jeff will be in HI until 
12/99. They enjoy riding their horse 
Scout through pineapple fields. Cari 
Miller James teaches 3rd grade at Wash- 
ington Episcopal School outside Wash- 
ington, DC and takes classes at lohns 
Hopkins Univ. for the Masters in Special 
Ed. Doug is an architect. Mary Gordon 
Gill spent two weeks in HI over Christ- 
mas and saw Jerry Seinfeld. She's already 
planning a summer trip to the Grand 
Canyon. She says teaching is "going 
great." Jane Rabadi is taking science 
courses at Metro in Denver to prepare for 
a pre- Veterinary program. She spent 2 
weeks in Vienna, Austria and says she's 
still making beautiful art. Nancy Weigle 
is in her final year of med. school at 
George Washington Univ. and is apply- 
ing for residency programs in Family 
Medicine. Kimberly Roda Moorhead 
married Tim (W&L '94) 10/98. She was 
promoted to Director of Advertising for 

Form Magazine in Alexandria, VA and 
they reside in Arlington. Katherine Har- 
rington Welder was a bridesmaid for 
Kimberlv and now lives in TX. She is ex- 
pecting a baby in spring 99. Molly 
Becherer Hasty is a 3rd year med stu- 
dent at Univ. of Louisville, KY. She mar- 
ried 1st Lt. Derek Hasty 12/19/98 in 
Louisville. Lyssa Vaught attended the 
wedding. Lyssa moved to Richmond, VA 
and works in an art gallery. She still 
paints and hopes to have a show in Rich- 
mond. Laura Swope Townsend and Scott 
live in Kitzingen, Germany where Laura 
is the Asst. Dir. of the Army Day Care 
and is finishing her masters in Human 
Relations from the Univ. of OK They 
plan to move back to the USA in 1 2/99. 
jen Parker is a speech therapist at the 
Pottsville Hospital and Warne Clinic in 
Pottsville, PA. She loves working with 
toddlers as well as stroke patients. Jen 
saw Cari Miller lames and Kelly Hall in 
WV Lee Roman Winn and family moved 
to an island in the Puget Sound. Lee is 
now a certified aerobics instructor, Jason 
has his wings and is navigator of the EA- 
68 Prowler, and Travis turned one. After 
a year in Washington State, their next 
destination is Cherry Point, NC. Pilar 
Collier was promoted to Manager of the 
Houston office of Source Legal, a busi- 
ness of Romac International. She is en- 
gaged to Doug Heathcoh (TX A&M '92). 
Daniela Ricci lives in Washington, DC 
where she says, "I am living in my un- 
derground bat cave, which I built myself. 
The solitude reminds me of Sweet Briar; 
only dinner and no fudge pie." Mary 
Byrd Schroeder married lohn Braun 
4/10/99 in Fairfax, VA. They reside in 
Alexandria, VA. Kimbedy Roda Moor- 
head, Katherine Harrington Welder, Katie 
Maxwell, and Sue Frazee Smith were 
bridesmaids. Holly Elkins is a special 
events coordinator for the Wolf Trap Art 
Center and lives in Alexandria, VA. Lynn 
Ivy Turner and Eli live in Washington, 
DC where Lynn works with interior de- 
sign. She attended Maren Howard 
Leggett's wedding. Trista Newman lives 
in Richmond, VA and is busy w ith her 
home. Jennifer Caudette Nelson, her 
husband Doug, and their dogs moved 
from outside Washington, DC, to Bath, 
ME. They plan to buy a house soon. 
Gretchen Vida moved to Chicago as a 
sales rep. selling medical supplies to hos- 
pitals for Allegiance Healthcare. She got 
a lab retriever and is trying to get her 
boyfriend from Tampa to move up as 
well. Gretchen says Leah Anderson Ti- 
dier and her husband David had a baby 
boy in 1/99. Katie McDill is finishing her 
MA in English. She's been teaching Eng- 
lish to seniors and A.P juniors at a h.s. in 
Huntsville, AL and loves it! She and Lida 
Anne Elliot still live together. Lida Anne 
will be participating in the "Contempla- 
tive Psychotherapy Program" at the 
Naropa Institute in Boulder, CO. She'll 
be getting her MA. 

Jill Goolsby will graduate 12/99 with 
her MS in Defense and Strategic Studies. 
She is beginning her thesis, "Military 
Space Programs and the National Secu- 
rity; Implications of the Commercializa- 
tion of Space," and will be interning with 
Lockheed Martin in DC this summer and 
hopes to see lots of SBC gang there. Kate 
Steptoe is in Morgantown, attending grad 
school in Parks and Recreation. She 
moved back from Breckenridge, CO 
where she taught skiing, raced her 
mountain bike, and taught dance classes. 

She misses the CO mountains but appre- 
ciates being near family and friends. 
Heather Aspinwall teaches preschool to 
special ed. children in the Olde Towne 
Alexandria Public Schools. She traveled 
through Europe with Kathy Whitby in 
6/98 and will be maid of honor for my 
(Katie Maxwell) wedding to Scott Schell- 
hammer, 6/19/99, in Clarksburg. I still 
work in lobbying for the floral industry in 
Olde Towne, Alexandria, and Scott is a 
computer consultant for American Man- 
agement Systems (AMS). My other 
bridesmaid, Christy Patten, still flies from 
NY to Paris on Continental as an airline 
attendant. She lives in Paris with her 
boyfriend. Have I missed your name? 
Please check with SBC to make sure they 
have your most current address. We look 
forward to seeing everyone in May 2000 
at Sweet Briar! 


President: Charlotte Rognmoe Gilbar 
Secretary: Dawn Everett 
Fund Agent: Allison Gerber 

Aloha! trom Catherine Zahrn study- 
ing Dance Ethnology in Honolulu at the 
U of HI at Manoa. Susan Aronhalt lives 
in MD and works for Walden/Sierra Inc. 
as a Family Services Counselor. She 
works with victims of domestic violence 
and sexual assault. Susan is in touch with 
Mary Ann Gheen, Nichi Benson, and Va- 
lerie Walslon, Mary Ann is teaching 8th 
grade math at Nelson Middle School in 
VA. She and Tim are planning a summer 
2000 wedding. Valerie has been working 
for Gov. Wilson in CA. Ram Fine works 
for Swiss Procurement Co. as an exec, 
asst. She sees others in the DC area, in- 
cluding Cady Thomas who is in Senator 
Helms' office, and Chantel Bartlett who 
is a receptionist for The Carlyle Group, a 
global investment bank. Melia Childress 
is getting her MFA in fiction at UVa. 
Emily Vtrkus has been planning her wed- 
ding to Dan at SBC on 6/24/2000. She 
works for MITRE in NOVA as an Assoc. 
Software Engr. Elizabeth Baker is attend- 
ing grad school m Santiago de Cam- 
postela, Spam through the U of No. 
Iowa. Kelly Bowman is working at an in- 
novative software design consulting firm 
founded by Alan Cooper. On 8/2/98 
Candice Broughton Maillard married 
Richard in England. She is living there 
and going to bible college. Suzy 
O'Loughlin and Fionna Matheson at- 
tended the wedding. Suzy has been 
teaching at her elem. school in TX and 
deciding between grad school in Latin 
American Studies or full time teaching. 
Fionna is working as a special asst. to 
Gov. Gilmore of VA. Heather Smith is in 
Chattanooga working for Provident Co. 
Brigette Laib has been working full time 
at the Children's Hopes & Dreams Foun- 
dation fulfilling the dreams of terminally 
ill children. Melinda Brown is a resi- 
dence hall director at St. Mary's college 
in IN. She sees and talks with Dair, Evah, 
Jessica Pavia, Kelsey, Rush and Kristy. 
Adair Collins is working lor Media Gen- 
eral in Richmond. Evah Pottmeyer is 
studying Law at Tulane in New Orleans. 
Rush Harris has been living wild — track- 
ing mountain lions in UT, observing mat- 
ing grouse and prairie chickens in NE 
and selling her family home in GA. 
Kristy Winstead is a 2nd LT in the US 
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of TX in San Antonio. Cyndi Hague is 
working on her Masters of Music at 
Bowling Green State U. She tall<s to 
Katherine Carr and Heather Thomas. 
Katherine is in Houston, TX worl<ing on 
her novel. She also did some archeology 
work after graduation. Heather is living 
in SC. Leslie Farinas reports that she is 
attending medical school at the Univer- 
sity of Complutense de Madrid, Spain. 
Laura Fitton Pieper is working at an edu- 
cational publishing company in Iowa. 
She married Nathane at Sweet Briar 
6/26/98. Elizabeth Snider and Madge 
Miller were two of her bridesmaids. Eliz- 
abeth is working as Director of Opera- 
tions and Advertising for Women's 
Soccer World, a magazine based in 
Montgomery, AL. Madge is a Develop- 
ment Associate at Mercy HS in San Fran- 
cisco. Hobby Holmes is living in lackson 
Hole, WY greeting private jets and meet- 
ing cool people. Emily Meger is in Spar- 
tanburg, SC, working for BMW. She 
keeps in touch with Courtney Morgan 
who works in PA as a lobbyist for the PA 
Dental Assn. Courtney Hayes Toomey 
ran off to HI and married Billy Toomey 
(HSC '99) in 1/99. Bobbie |o Hedrick is 
still pursuing her degree at SBC and 
working for as an Internet 
consultant. She keeps in touch with Kim 
Izquierdo who is in NYC designing jew- 
elry. Kim went on the SBC alum tour to 
Austria with Joanne Hopkins Joanne is a 
systems analyst for Science Appl. Interna- 
tional Corp. in NOVA. Erikka Sund is in 
St. Francisville, LA studying Law at LSU. 
Erin Wortley is living in Blacksburg and 
finishing her Chemical Engineering de- 

gree in 1 2/99. I.e. Weiseman lives in At- 
lanta and manages the Account Recon- 
cilement Depl. at Wachovia Bank. 
Melissa Rothwell Pembrooke married 
Pete (VM! '98) 6/26/99 and moved to TX. 
Jake Weiner is in Richmond working in 
the Tax Reporting Dept. of Wheat First 
Union. Allison Wetzel is in MO in nurs- 
ing school and keeps in touch with San- 
dra Dittmer. Sandra is living in VA and 
working for the Dept. of Defense. Vir- 
ginia Blair is building her empty nest in 
NC working at High Point U as an 
Admin. Co-ordinator for their evening 
degree program. Carolyn Leddy is study- 
ing for her Masters in International Affairs 
at Columbia in NYC. Recently in DC she 
saw Mary Lea Martin Harris and Anne- 
Claire Wackenhut Mary Lea married 
Geoff Harris 8/8/98 and is now teaching 
art at Garfield Elem. in Fairfax county. 
Anne-Claire is working at the National 
Assoc, of Student Financial Aid Admin. 
Angela Elliott has been teaching 5th 
grade at a Catholic school in the Rich- 
mond area. She is also planning her 
10/99 wedding to lustin Merrick (HSC 
'97) and her move to NC. Serena Puteg- 
nat lives in Houston and is in Law 
School. Tiffmey Whitmire is in Atlanta 
working for Towne Services, Inc as a 
Tech. Trainer. Sarah Katherine Spangler 
is a pre-school teacher in the childcare 
center at the 1st Union Bank in Roanoke. 
She talks with Tricia Mohana and Susan 
Barney a lot. Tricia works at a law firm 
in Atlanta and married Brian Summers in 
)uly. Susan is living in Richmond working 
for Gov. Gilmore. Bronwyn Beard works 
in the Hecht's division of the May Co. in 

Alexandria, VA and lives in Fairfax with 
Sarah Nolton. Tonya Grudier is in MD at 
Oldfields School working as the Asst. 
Dir. Of Adm. and a dorm parent. She 
keeps in touch with Katie Martin who is 
working in Chicago at Modern Baking 
magazine. Jayme Calabrese Pomroy 
married Jonathan 4/1 7/99, in TX. She is 
working for Sweetwater Health Enter- 
prises as the regional sales director. 
Many classmates attended the wedding 
and Marnie Tokaruk was a bridesmaid. 
Mamie got her Masters in Accounting 
from UNC-CH and will be employed at 
Ernst & Young LLP in NYC. Kindle 
Samuel was in class with Marnie and has 
accepted a position with Ernst & Young 
in NYC and Stacy Sharpes worked for 
the Coast Guard before starting in the 
same program. Darelle Pfeiffer is attend- 
ing Temple U School of Pediatric Med. 
Shelley Shreve is teaching pre-school in 
VA and is still dating jasper. Charlotte 
Higgins is a nursing assistant at UVa 
medical center on the heart floor. She is 
doing well. Cynthia Bumgardner is a 
Pre-K - 9 computer teacher at Faith 
Academy near Lynchburg. She and Dar- 
rin are planning their wedding for 
6/10/2000. She keeps in touch with a ton 
of our classmates and has been a great 
help to me, Gretchen Gravley hasn't left 
SBC. She spent summer '98 doing psy- 
chology research with Deirdre Flannery 
and then started as an admissions coun- 
selor. She lives near Christina Cotter 
who is teaching at Timberlake Christian 
Academy. Gretchen also keeps in touch 
with Isabel )ean-Pierre who has been in 
DC where she worked in the press office 

of HUD and at Shawpittman. She is 
making plans to go to law school. Joelle 
Jackson went home to Chattanooga and 
is working as a case manager while she 
prepares to go back to school. Charlotte 
Rognmoe Gilbar married Dennis m KY, 
8/8/98. They now live in Lynchburg and 
she teaches at Ryan Elem. School. Jessica 
Cronin, Susan Holman and Scarlett 
Swain were bridesmaids. Jessica is work- 
ing at USA Today as a district manager in 
SC. Susan Holman is living with Chris 
Beck (HSC '98) in Atlanta and working at 
Low Country Barbecue. Scarlett is an In- 
formation Associate with Electronic Data 
Systems in NC. Kimberly Osborne is a 
2nd grade teacher in FL. Lisa Hall re- 
turned to CO after a few weeks in Eu- 
rope with Allison Gerber and is now 
working at the Hotel lerome in reserva- 
tions and at the front desk. Allison is at 
Tulane Law School in New Orleans. Britt 
Sheinbaum was in Denmark 98-99, 
studying and traveling. I also traveled to 
a couple of weddings, a trip to Scotland 
and then Mardi Gras with Allie and 
Evah. Meanwhile, I got an MA in Teach- 
ing with Internet Tech. from Marlboro 
College in VT. Stop by our website and 
find out what else is going on with our 

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Bui,i,ETiN Board 

The Music Department is pleased 
to announce the release of a new 
CD, A Sweet Briar Christmas with 
the Concert Choir and Chamber 
Choir under the direction of Pro- 
fessor Jonathan Green, and featur- 
ing organ soloist Professor Allen 
Huszti — a collection of traditional 
and new holiday selections, in- 
cluding three premieres, all 
recorded live in Memorial Chapel. 
To order, send check for $ 1 5 ($12 
plus $3 S&H) to: Sweef Briar 
Cliristmas, Music Department, 
Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar, 
VA 24595. 

Martha Stewart Needed in the 
Library! Donate your old issues of 
Martha Stewart Living to the SBC 
Library. We are binding volumes 
of this influential magazine of the 
'90s but are missing almost all is- 
sues from 1997 and earlier. The 
earliest issues are most desperately 
needed. Please help generations of 
SBC students to enjoy the maga- 
zine — contact Liz Linton at (804) 
381-6315 or send magazines to: 
Liz Linton, Librarian, Central Re- 
ceiving, 123 Power Plant Circle, 
Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar, 
VA 24595. 

Attention All IVlembers of 
Paint & Patches: We hope to have 
a special reunion of P&P members 
from all years during SBC's Cen- 
tennial Celebration. Please send 
your name, address, and class to: 
Vikki Schroeder '87, 11502 Elm- 
wood Avenue N., Champlin, MN 
55316 (e-mail 
Red Rose VS@aol .com). 


We regret very much that the 
wrong photo was published on 
page 4 of the Spring '99 issue: it 
should have shown Erin McKinley 
'01 with Professor |oe Monk; in- 
stead it pictured Ann Linquist '91. 
Apologies to Erin and Ann! 

Oops! We goofed! The correct 
caption for the above picture is: 
Left to right, Kristine Bria, Maya 
Angelou, Jennifer Crutcher. 
(Spring 1999 Alumnae Magazine, 
page 24] 

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Sweet Briar Welcomed Ivana Pelnar'Zaiko, 
New VP for Deveeopment and College Relations 

Ivana Pelnar-Zaiko 

Dr. Ivana Pelnar-Zaiko joined the staff as vice 
president for development and college rela- 
tions on September 1^*^, coming to Sweet Briar 
from Wagner College in Staten Island, NY, where she 
served as vice president for development. She brings 17 
years' experience in flind-raising, including senior man- 
agement and campaign leadership, and also has an aca- 
demic background in music. 

She earned her bachelor of music degree from 
McGLU University in Canada in 1969, did graduate 
study in musicology at Yale, and received her Ph.D. in 
musicology from the University of Munich in 1977. 
Her dissertation was published in 1981 and 1982 in 
Germany as a two-volume book on the pol}'phonic 
songs of Oswald von WoUcenstein, 1376-1445, and she 
has wTitten several journal articles and music dictionary 
entries, in German and in English, about this com- 

Before her appointment at Wagner College in 1997, 
Ivana was associate campaign manager for the Rutgers 
University Foundation, and director of development for 

Rutgers University's Newark campus. From 1986- 
1992, she served in several flmd-raising positions at the 
University of North Carolina-Chapel HiU: director of 
university development for the northeast region; in- 
terim director olThe Bicentennial Campaign for Car- 
olina; director of development for the School of 
PharmacA' and university major gifts officer; and direc- 
tor of development for Carolina's National ChQd Wel- 
fare Leadership Center in the School of Social Work. 
She has also worked in development at the North Car- 
olina Museum of Art, at Duke University, and at Tem- 
ple University; has been a Certified Fund Raising 
Executive (C.F.R.E.) since 1996; and has served as a 
guest lecturer on fiind-raising in the Graduate School 
of Management at Rutgers. 

Ivana grew up in Prague, Czechoslovakia, coming to 
the United States with her family at the age of 17. She 
is fluent in German and Czech, has a reading knowl- 
edge of Russian, and has taken an intensive course in 
French. Her interests include music and opera, Euro- 
pean languages and histor)', travel, historic architecture, 
decorative arts, and gardening. 

She is married to Edward J. Zaiko, Ph.D., who has 
recendy left Rhone Poulenc, where he was a chemist. 
He is currently enrolled in the New Jersey Institute of 
Technology's online program in computer science. 
Ivana and Edward live on campus at Red Top on Eli- 
jah Road with their dog and cat. 

In accepting the position, Ivana commented on the 
wonderfiil team spirit she found at Sweet Briar, among 
board members, senior staff, administrators, faculty, 
staff, and alumnae. "The Oftke of Development exists 
to support the college, and this level of enthusiasm 
from aU facets of the community is critical to that sup- 
port," she said. "When I left campus after meeting al- 
most 30 people, I felt energized by what I heard and 
what I saw. I look forward to becoming a part of this 

Sweet Briar Alumnae College Travel Program 2000 

january 16-28: Kenya Safari. Space still avail 
able; small group, top-notch guides. 

March 5-12: Vienna Winter Escapade. Spe- 
cially-priced tour; 6 nights in heart of Vienna 
during prime cultural season. Plan your own ac- 
tivities with help of experienced Alumni Holi- 
days travel director. Stay at magnificent 5-star 
deluxe Hotel Bristol, across from Vienna 
Opera House and near famous city sights. 
Optional excursions at additional cost: tour 
of Historic Vienna; visit to Schoenbrunn 
Palace, former summer residence of Haps- 
burg family; visit to Vienna Woods and 
Mayerling; evening Mozart and Strauss con- 
cert at Schoenbrunn Palace; a "Day in the 
Alps"; and "Traces of Mozart" walking tour 
and concert. Price includes air from Dulles, 
transfers, baggage handling, hotel with full 
American breakfast daily. Travel with Indi- 
ana University, University of Iowa, Furman 
University, and Wofford College. 

May 26-June 6: Princely Domains-Prague 
and Elbe River Cruise aboard new 5-star 
M.V. Katharlna; optional pre-cruise exten- 
sion In Berlin May 23-27. Delightful cruise 
begins in Potsdam. Before boarding M.V. 
Katharlna, visit exquisite main palace of 
Sans Souci and the Cecilienhof, site of the 
1945 Potsdam Conference. River journey 
includes visits to Magdeburg, to see magnif- 
icent Magdeburg Cathedral, the Ro- 
manesque monastery, "Unser Lieben Frauen," 
and the Town Hall with its famous statue of the 
Magdeburg Reiter; Wittenberg, home of Martin 
Luther; Meissen for excursion to the famous 
porcelain factory; Dresden with its vast artistic 
treasures and restoration work; the fortress 
Konigstein; and medieval wine town of Melnik. 
Tour concludes with 3 days in picturesque city 
of Prague at deluxe Hotel Intercontinental, ex- 
ploring historical sites, palaces, private art col- 
lections. Optional Berlin pre-tour extension: 3 
nights at deluxe Hotel Esplanade, tours of 
Berlin's historic and artistic landmarks, includ- 
ing the restored Reichstag designed by British ar- 
chitect Sir Norman Foster. SBC President 

Elisabeth Muhienfeld, husband Laurin A. 
Wollan accompany this tour. 

August 7-15: Village Life in Wales. Comprehen- 
sive, educational tour based in historic seaside 
town of Llandudno on north coast of Wales - a 
seldom-visited corner of the British Isles com- 
bining tranquil village life with natural splendor; 

Seven of the 23 happy travelers on the Alumnae 
College "Italian Mosaic Cruise aboard the Sea 
Goddess I, "June 25-)uly 7, 1999 Clockwise: Mary 
Vinton Fleming '46; Effie Siegling Bowers '43; Anne 
Corbitt Little '34; )oan Mossey Thomas '56; Audrey 
Lahman Rosselot '48; Katherine Arnold Reed '64; 
Caria de Creny Freed '51 

7 nights at Imperial Hotel, replete with Victorian 
elegance. Specially-arranged program of lec- 
tures, excursions: absorb the vibrant culture, his- 
tory, and artistic legacy of the Welsh people. 
Visit impregnable medieval castles of Beaumaris 
and Caernari^on, UNESCO World Heritage sites. 
Full-day excursion to Snowdonia National Park: 
journey south to Betws-y-Coed to take narrow- 
gauge railway for 14-mile climb up Snowdon, 
Wales' highest peak. A gentler facet of the Welsh 
landscape is seen at Bodnant Gardens, one of 
Britain's finest gardens: acres of roses, camellias 
and magnolias framed by rock terraces. Visit the 
Welsh Slate Museum at Cilfach Dru to see the 
role mining and quarrying play in the local 

economy. Highlights: performance by a tradi- 
tional Welsh choir and a Welsh harp recital. 
Tour includes hotel, meals, lectures, excursions, 
air from New York. 

October 18-26: Alumni College in Tuscany, 

with its incomparable legacy of historic and 
artistic riches, an ideal setting for this educa- 
tional program. Excellent value: transat- 
lantic air, 3 meals a day, hotel, all seminars, 
excursions included. The 9-day, 7-night tour 
is based in the historic town of Cortona, an 
artist's haven. Stay in stately Hotel San Luca, 
with sweeping views of lush Tuscan coun- 
tryside. Experts discuss Cortona and envi- 
rons, the region's history and art, and Italy's 
contemporary political, social, and eco- 
nomic status. Excursions: walking tour of 
Cortona; visit to Museum of the Etruscan 
Academy; wine-tasting in the Tuscan coun- 
tryside; trip to Siena; visits to Perugia, Assisi, 
and Florence, with special lunches; visit to 
Montepulciano; special "Meet the People" 
forum - a question-and-answer session with 
the people of Cortona. Optional 3-day ex- 
tension in Rome. 

Jan 2001: "Hidden Islands of the 
Grenadines & the Windwards and Lee- 
wards" cruise on 1 38-passenger Yorktown 
Clipper A Southern Caribbean winter itiner- 
ary — idyllic, yet a strong educational focus 
on cultural and natural history. Ports of call: 
Grenada, Union Island, Bequia, St. Lucia, Do- 
minica, Nevis, St. Kitts. Naturalist and historian 
give on-board lectures, guide shore excursions; 
naturalist gives presentation on marine life, then 
takes group snorkeling. Many interesting, histor- 
ical sites; unspoiled beaches; tropical rain 
forests with a virtual kaleidoscope of plants, 
birds, wildlife. Variety of optional tours. The 
Yorktown Clipper is known for a yachtlike, inti- 
mate ambiance and friendly young American 
crew and staff. One leisurely seating for meals; 
exceptionally healthful, nutritious food. Meals 
included; complimentary snorkeling equipment 

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